Congrats to work-study student Chris Boccia for winning an NSERC USRA award to support fieldwork with the lab this summer studying lizard communities in the Dominican Republic!
I talked about the value of natural history collections in an article in today’s Toronto Star. Check it out!
I join the UofT teaching lineup this semester with a new undergraduate class (+ lab!): Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles. Here are a couple shots of my eager students as they trickle into the classroom.
Luke Frishkoff has landed in Canada to begin his prestigious EEB postdoc fellowship with the Mahler and Fortin labs. Welcome Luke!!
Excellent trip to Ecuador to visit the QCAZ museum collections and catch up with colleagues Omar Torres-Carvajal, Fernando Ayala-Varela, Santiago Ron, and students. Other highlights were a great lunch with Carlos Valle at USFQ and some light anole-watching. A few pics from the trip:
Speaking at UofT Mississauga today on ecology and macroevolution in island anoles. Big thanks to Shannon McCauley for the invite!
Just wrapped up a great NatureServe-led workshop where we made draft IUCN Red List assessments of all Caribbean reptiles (save those from Cuba, which will be tackled soon). Special thanks to organizers Blair Hedges, Phil Bowles, Thomas Brooks, and Bruce Young for organizing (and to Bruce and Tom for taking me to El Yunque before my flight out).
This is Anolis evermanni. It’s a trunk-crown anole, and it knows exactly where on this wall it belongs.