The new cage for Audrey and Ryane’s behavioural experiments is done and ready to go! Over the next couple of days, they will be putting some real anoles in there to see if they can get them to display in their large, new environment. All very exciting stuff and we’re all eagerly awaiting the results!
Undergraduates Ryane Logsdon, Audrey Kelly, and Frank Chang are working to build a massive cage for use in behavioral experiments. The cage should be finished by the end of the week, but we’ll have to wait to see if it works until after Thanksgiving!
Sulawesi is a remarkable island for the study of speciation. The island has always enjoyed isolation from other land areas, but until fairly recently (in geologic history) the island was actually an archipelago, so it is possible to assess what happens when closely related, allopatrically distributed species come into secondary contact in the regions where […]
Just stumbled upon some recent papers concerning the neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography that I thought I’d share. The first is an examination of the effects of neutral processes on phylogenetic tree imbalance (Davies et al. 2011). Interestingly, the authors find that neutral theory can account for the variation in species diversity among clades […]
Friend, collaborator, and fellow geckophile Tony Gamble just published an exciting paper in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology elucidating the biogeographic history of all New World gecko lineages. A particularly noteworthy finding is that geckos reached the Americas via almost every possible biogeographic scenario: land bridges, overseas dispersal, and human-mediated introductions [DOI link]. If that’s […]
Check out the latest issue of the University’s PR magazine, Rochester Review, for a brief piece on our recent article in PNAS.
In the latest issue of Reptiles & Amphibians Conservation and Natural History we report the discovery of two new species introduced to the Dominican Republic: Hemidactylus frenatus and Gymnopthalmus underwoodi. PDF versions of our report are available by request.
My article with Dan Rabosky on anole diversification is in this week’s issue of PNAS. The cover features a photo of Anolis distichus vinosus that I took in Haiti. A. d. vinosus is one of the prettiest little lizards on the planet, which also lives in really interested places. The one on the PNAS cover […]
We spent much of our time in the field this summer watching Anolis distichus displays. Check them out, they’re pretty complicated and we’re just beginning to understand their content. I suggest that you turn the sound off and switch to HD resolution for the best viewing experience. The displays in this video were filmed by […]
For those of you holding your breath, Endnote X4 for both Mac and PC are now available through the UofR Library here.