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.
[Repost from Anole annals]
Walking down “Red Road” in Pinecrest neighborhood of Miami, FL, it is hard to miss a myriad of lizards on trees and street lamps. Among the many city-dwelling residents, the Cuban brown anole (A. sagrei) and the Puerto Rican crested anole (A. cristatellus) are seen virtually everywhere. While there are evidences that anoles are adapting to urban landscapes, most of past studies have focused on adult stages (Kolbe et al., 2012; Winchell et al., 2016; Lapiedra et al., 2017) and early life stages have been largely ignored. Our recently published study was the first to address how adaptation in the embryonic stage could facilitate establishment of populations in cities.
Last weekend I got to go out to Chattahoochee State Park (border of Florida and Alabama) with the 13 students from Herpetology class lab by Brian Folt. Our goal was to check out the wetlands (possible habitats for the one-toed amphiuma and sirens).
Over the course of two days, we saw over 14 species of herps, some of which I’ve witness for the first time:
- common snapping turtle
- Common cooter turtles
- Squirrel tree frog
Photo by: H. Zell
A team of researchers showed that the red-footed tortoise were able to remember how to associate colour with food after 18 months they were first taught to do so.
The results from this paper suggest that reptiles may be capable more long-term memory than what we previously believed.
The Camelback shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis) is commonly well-known as “Durban dancing shrimp” and “hingeback shrimp” among scuba divers for their cherry red colour, small size, and humpback making them popular subjects photography. Continue reading
Some might say…
Having a science blog could save your graduate career. I just want to let my parents know what the heck I’m doing in America.
My name is Putter (some might say “Sarin”) and I’m currently a graduate student pursuing a career in science. In this blog, I hope to share my experience as a graduate student, my research interests, fun scientific facts (that my younger cousins can understand), and other miscellaneous things that goes through the mind of a Thai-d student (pun intended).
This blog got started becase one of my best friends challenge me to give her one scientific facts for seven days. Since she is in Thailand and I’m here, I thought this would be a great way to sharing I could also use this blog to share those facts with others who might be interested…
p.s the meaning of HDTH will be explained in further blog posts… stay tuned.
p.s.s featuring a photo of “julie”, a coleopteran found in Phang Nga, Thailand