The godfather of anole biology is visiting Rochester next Monday and Tuesday. While here, Jonathan Losos will be giving two seminars. The first – Lizards in an evolutionary tree: ecology and adaptive radiation of anoles – will be on Monday at noon in Hutchison 473. The second – Seeing the forest for the trees: Limitations on the use […]
I was fortunate to assist Prof. Jimmy McGuire (UC Berkeley) with a field trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia during the fall of 2005. During the trip I saw a number of remarkable animals (aquatic skinks, Draco, tarsiers, frogs that give birth to tadpoles, etc.), but one of my fondest memories is catching frogs high up on […]
For lab meeting next week we’re going to read a provokative new paper on adaptive radiation. After suggesting that adaptive radiation is an ambiguously defined and unavoidably problematic concept, Olson and Arroyo-Santos argue that we abandon the use of the term entirely. If you’re not already familiar with the modern definitions of adaptive radiation that […]
I’m presenting in the Department’s spring seminar series this Friday (5 February 2010) at 3:00pm. I’ll deliver a practice talk in lab meeting this week (Wednesday, 3 Feb). I’ll discuss patterns of morphological evolution displayed by Sphaerodactylus geckos from Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. My talk will touch on topics we’ve discussed over the last few months […]
Although we’re not going to meet next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we’re going to have two weeks worth of material to discuss when we reconvene on Dec. 2nd. From Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree we’ll be reading Ch. 14 on geographic variation and speciation. Additional readings are two new papers from our group […]
Next week is all about form, function and adaptive radiation (Ch. 13 in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree). We’ll accompany the chapter with a 2006 Evolution paper by Vanhooydonck et al. on the evolution of acceleration capacity [doi link]. Also come prepared to discuss improvements to our web page and don’t forget to get a […]
Readings for lab meeting on Nov. 11th include Ch. 12 from Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree on Natural Selection and Microevolution. Let’s pair this with Calsbeek and Smith’s 2007 paper in Evolution on Probing the adaptive landscape using experimental islands [doi link]. Who’s bringing treats?
Let’s read Chapters 10 (Habitat Use) & 11 (Ecology & Adaptive Radiation) of Lizards in the Tree of Life for next week. We’ll accompany these chapters with Michele Johnson et al.’s 2008 paper in Animal Behavior on foraging mode and habitat use in West Indian Anolis (pdf).