PhD Student: Evolution of colour signals in lizards

We are looking for a PhD student interested in studying the evolution of colour signals in lizards. The overarching aim of the project is to study adaptive co-variation across and between lizard colour patterns/signals in relation to socio-ecological factors (e.g. mating system, environmental conditions) and individual traits (e.g. age, sex, size, competitive ability, health . . . → Read More: PhD Student: Evolution of colour signals in lizards

Lizards learn from their elders too!

Social learning—the ability of an animal or human to acquire information by learning from the actions of others is a short-cut to solving many of life’s problems or simply acquiring information more quickly. Just think back to when you got your first video recorder all those years ago, or satellite TV, with a remote . . . → Read More: Lizards learn from their elders too!

Brotherly love reduces conflict in fruit flies

Lizard Lab alumnus Pau Carazo is best known for his work on communication in lizards. Along the way he has dabbled with beetles and now, fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). In a recent paper in Nature, Pau and his colleagues at Oxford designed a novel series of experiments to test recent theory that kin selection . . . → Read More: Brotherly love reduces conflict in fruit flies

Reptiles of the Tukai Desert, China

Here are a selection of photos of reptiles from our field work in the Tukai Desert, northern China. See our previous blog post:

Dispatches from the field: in search of the mystical Secret Toad-headed Agama and other tail waving lizards in China

We will soon be posting videos from the trip. Stay tuned!

#gallery-2 . . . → Read More: Reptiles of the Tukai Desert, China

Dispatches from the field: in search of the mystical Secret Toad-headed Agama and other tail waving lizards in China

This dispatch comes to you from the Tukai Desert in north-west China, a short drive (about 15 km) from the Kazakhstan border. We are three weeks into a six-week field trip. The lab is currently working on the evolution of complex tail waves and colour signals in Asian toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus) in . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: in search of the mystical Secret Toad-headed Agama and other tail waving lizards in China

Once common Hawaiian skink extinct

Last seen in Hawaii in the 60’s, this beautifully coloured skink is now considered extinct from the Hawaiian Islands. The copper-striped blue-tailed skink (Emoia impar) persists in other tropical pacific island groups, with the extinction of the Hawaiian population possibly caused by invasive ant predation. The concern now is for similar at-risk species, with more . . . → Read More: Once common Hawaiian skink extinct

Colour workshop at Macquarie

An update from Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary: Skinks, Snakes and Storms!

Day 19 – Siobhan here, filling in for Martin now that he’s out of the field and back in Sydney.  On Friday, Christine and I said goodbye to Martin, Adam and Steve, and welcomed Mike Gillings and Andy Beattie to our humble desert demountable.

We’ve really had quite a turnaround in the weather and . . . → Read More: An update from Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary: Skinks, Snakes and Storms!

Dispatches from China part 2: lizards, yak poo and high altitude basketball

We are currently in a race against the clock. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t exactly been kind to us. Yesterday was great, we had a nice sunny day and collected tons of data. (We are in China visiting and assisting Dr. Qi Yin on his toad-agama project with an eye to setting up future collaborative . . . → Read More: Dispatches from China part 2: lizards, yak poo and high altitude basketball