Many scientists have observed animals making use of artificial lights. However, we lack details like how and when organisms use these behaviors. Andy Maurer and collaborators (including me!) describe how Antiguan anoles use lights for foraging…more details here!
NSF’s Science360 Video Library chose our video summary of our recent paper in Global Change Biology as their Video of the Day! Thanks to Nate Follmer and Gail McCormick for the video design. More details from the paper in written form on the blog!
Involved, observant, and invested members of the public are key to citizen science. I recently had the opportunity to work with a Florida citizen scientist to write her first publication documenting a new location for bark anoles in Florida. More details here!
How can we, as scientists, maximize the potential of biological collections through our use and support? How should biological collections evolve to incorporate the many new types of data that scientists are collecting? A group of museum professionals, distinguished academics, and NSF postdocs (including me!) had the opportunity to discuss these issues (and plenty more) this past week at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. More details on the blog!
I had the opportunity to present my work on how artificial light at night affects anoles in the field at this year’s meeting, and the work was covered by several blogs. As usual, I was a reporter myself for both Anole Annals and the new Life in the City blog which covers urban ecology and evolution.
I also had the opportunity for a quick jaunt down to Miami to finish a year’s worth of sampling brown and crested anoles to understand their reproductive cycles. More details on all that here!