Thanks.

Thanks.

Yesterday I submitted the final version of my dissertation. There are a ton of people who deserve thanks for all the help and support along the way. Here’s the short-list, but really, there are far more people that helped in ways big or small but simply not enough space to thank them all sufficiently. This of course … Continue reading

Lizards on the Radio!

Lizards on the Radio!

This fall I sat down with Public Radio International’s “Living on Earth” team to talk about my urban anole research. I’m excited that it finally aired this weekend! One minor correction, they incorrectly identify me as an associate professor. I am still in graduate school (though hopefully not too much longer!). You can hear it … Continue reading

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.