Presence ≠ Tolerance ≠ Adaptation

Presence ≠ Tolerance ≠ Adaptation

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been systematically sifting through the urban ecology literature as part of a review I’m working on. One thing I’ve noticed over and over is that a very large number of publications refer to plants and animals present in urban areas as species that have “adapted” to urbanization. The … Continue reading

Cover Story

Cover Story

In case you missed it, my paper on phenotypic shifts in urban populations of Anolis cristatellus is the cover story for this month’s edition of the journal Evolution (May 2016). The issue is online here if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I discussed briefly the findings in a previous post on this site, … Continue reading

Tails of the City (out now in J. Herp.)

Tails of the City (out now in J. Herp.)

Following up on my previous post about our work on caudal autotomy, I’m happy to share that our paper from undergraduate Kirsten Tyler’s senior honor’s thesis is out now (online) in Journal of Herpetology Kirsten analyzed the hundreds of X-rays I’ve taken of urban and natural anoles across Puerto Rico and found consistently higher frequency of … Continue reading

Hot off the Press: Golf Courses as Turtle Habitat

Hot off the Press: Golf Courses as Turtle Habitat

Five years after completing my masters at Columbia University with C.U. adjunct James Gibbs (SUNY ESF), my turtle research finally sees the light of day. “Golf courses as habitat for aquatic turtles in urbanized landscapes”, in press at Landscape and Urban Planning,  was my first introduction into urban ecology. I started this project thinking that I … Continue reading

A Good Start

A Good Start

  Yesterday was the beginning of a 14 day research trip to Puerto Rico. So far the trip has been very exciting.   I’m here with graduate student Elizabeth Carlen (@E_Carlen) and budding young biologist Jessica Li. We are working primarily at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo this time. Instead of staying at our … Continue reading

Dewlapping Anolis stratulus

Dewlapping Anolis stratulus

On my trip to Puerto Rico this past fall I was able to get some decent video of Anolis stratulus dewlapping. Check it out!     This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Field Trip Recap: Bimini, The Bahamas

Field Trip Recap: Bimini, The Bahamas

  A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Bimini, in the Bahamas along with Harvard post-doc Graham Reynolds, Harvard graduate student Pavitra Muralidhar, and UMass Boston undergraduate, Jason Fredette. We went with the simple goals of kicking off a research project in the Losos lab on Anolis sagrei  and to observe as many other herps as we could. … Continue reading