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!
Assessing impacts of invasive species and adaptive responses of native species to them over many years and across large geographic areas can be difficult. In our recent paper, we show how fire ants have reversed large scale patterns in lizard behavior, stress physiology, and leg length over the past 80 years.
More info on the blog or in video form below!
Finding a broad yet rigorous definition of stress in biological systems has been a major challenge. In our new paper we use a systems biology approach to address how control theory may shed light on the concept of stress and suggest extensions of this approach, including for studies of global change. More details on the blog!
Using Citizen Science to Find Long Distance Dispersers
Citizen scientists can be a huge helping in spotting rarely observed events like long distance invaders. Check out my post on Anole Annals about a recent find of a Puerto Rican anole outside Washington, DC.