Whew! It has been a whirlwind two months getting settled into my new position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Davidson College. I just finished my third week of teaching Integrating Concepts in Biology II (Bio 114), an intro course sequence focused on some of the key, central ideas in biology (like information, evolution, and … Continue reading Back in the Classroom Again!
Back in September of last year, Janie Barbato, an amateur herpetologist, dropped me a note on iNaturalist asking me to check out one of her observations of a bark anole (Anolis distichus). She had noticed that her observation was the northernmost in Florida on iNaturalist and was wondering if I knew about bark anoles moving … Continue reading Collaborating with the Public
One of the great advantages of citizen science is having a massive increase if the number of people making observations. Full-time scientists only have so many eyes and ears and so much time for taking data, so relatively rare events can be difficult to observe. With enough citizen scientists on the case, though, the chances … Continue reading Citizen Science and Anole Introductions
Starting this year, I’ve been working to expand our Lizards on the Loose citizen science project to make use of the iNaturalist citizen science platform. Under the umbrella of the Fairchild Challenge, this project has partnered with schools in the greater Miami area to conduct visual encounter surveys of anoles in order to track the … Continue reading Lizards on the Loose: The Next Generation