Tagged with Puerto Rico

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

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

Tails of the City: Tail Autotomy in Anolis cristatellus

Tails of the City: Tail Autotomy in Anolis cristatellus

Kirsten Tyler, a (recently graduated) undergraduate from UMass Boston, has spent the past few months working to better understand patterns of tail autotomy in urban populations of Anolis cristatellus (along with me and Liam Revell). We wanted to know if tail autotomy frequency differed between the urban and natural sites I have sampled over the past 3 … Continue reading

Update from the field

4.5 weeks in and I’ve yet to update this blog on my fieldwork. I blame this mostly on the fact that my computer died at the beginning of last week. Just one of many big setbacks this trip. But we’ve kept on going, and today I reached a milestone: lizard KMW1000. That’s 1000 lizards captured, … Continue reading

Invasive Boa Constrictor

Invasive Boa Constrictor

Last friday my collaborator, Dr. Alberto Puente at Universidad Interamericana de Arecibo, let me and my assistants help out with some Boa constrictor dissections. Boa constrictor is an invasive snake here in Puerto Rico and it is thought that the introduction originated either from escaped zoo animals or released pets. For more information about this nascent invasion, … Continue reading

UMass Tropical Ecology: Puerto Rico 2014

UMass Tropical Ecology: Puerto Rico 2014

January 3rd was the start of a major blizzard in Boston.  Luckily for 10 UMass Boston undergrads and myself, this was also the start of the 2014 Tropical Ecology field course taught by Liam Revell in Puerto Rico.  After some initial flight delays we all made it down to the sunny island. The temperature difference … Continue reading

Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico!

I’m back in Puerto Rico for another field season!  This trip we will be sampling pretty heavily in a forest and urban site in Mayaguez.  We got in late sunday night and then yesterday we were hit with a pretty intense thunderstorm that caused flash flooding across the island, so we didn’t really get to … Continue reading