Miami trip and thesis defense

November is one of my favorite months.

The first week of November, one week before my thesis defense seminar, I went with my lab mate Josh back down to Miami to revisit my field site. It was great to see the lizards there again and gave me good opportunities to take pictures while Josh is catching anoles for his experiment.

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Puerto Rican crested anole female

We had a successful trip and was even able to squeeze a quick visit to the Everglades National Park the day after.

On the 8th November, I defended my thesis!

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I had a great time and I really appreciate everyone who came out to support!

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Anolis Symposium 2018

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Phil, Jenna, I, and Josh representing the Warner Lab at the Anolis Symposium (PC: Jessica Pita)

We just got back from hot and tropical Miami this week with heaps of lizards! Last week three current and a former graduate student attended the 2018 Anolis Symposium at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hats off to the organizers, James Stroud and Anthony Geneva. Phil presented a poster on his recently published paper in Proceedings B about the benefit of early hatching. Jenna made a full debut in the lizard world with a side project testing potential effects of egg aggregation using brown anole eggs. Josh gave the final presentation summing up what we know about reproductive phenology in anoles and I gave a presentation on anole nest microenvironment differences between urban and forested sites.

After the symposium, we collected a bunch of lizards for a couple projects this summer. Stay tuned for updates! I met a lot of awesome scientists there and was very thankful to have the chance to talk to Sean Doody about eggs, Stu Nielsen about all sorts of herps, Colin Donihue about hurricanes, and many more!

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Female brown anole in suburban area
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Agama piticauda (Photo by Hannah G)
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Male brown anole flashing dewlap (PC: Hannah G)
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Very happy to retrieve an iButton buried 6 months ago!

Miami 1: First wet week

The first week of setting up the experiment was very productive thanks to Dan, Josh, Nathaniel, and James. We set up our study sites (8 plots) and placed the lizard cages we built in a secure space. We will be working in Matheson Hammock and along Red Road (in Pinecrest and Coral Gables neighborhood). We are also very fortunate that Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens agreed to host us.

Other than that, we spent a lot of time herping and being fascinated by the biodiversity down here! However, it has also been raining a lot and there has only been one day that we returned to the apartment with our feet dry.

I had expectations about this city but the more time I spend here, the more I see how unique it is. One thing is for sure, there are not many cities that harbor as many non-native species of plants and animals.

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Sphaerodactylus notatus

 

-HDTH