A lizard’s guide to mating: Alternative reproductive tactics give males an edge in finding the ladies

By Dan Noble

Sexual selection – the differential reproductive success of individuals – is a powerful evolutionary force. Sexual selection can lead to evolution of both beautiful and bizarre phenotypes, such as peacock trains, deer antlers and the complex displays and bright colours of many lizards. Although we see these tell-tail signs of sexual . . . → Read More: A lizard’s guide to mating: Alternative reproductive tactics give males an edge in finding the ladies

Dr. Daniel W.A. Noble

News flash: Dan Noble has finished his PhD! While Dan still has the official graduation ceremony in his future, we had a small signing ceremony in the lab. Dr. Keogh (Dan’s co-supervisor), brought a special pen from Canberra, the nation’s capital, just for this event. Dan’s thesis (dissertation in North American parlance) looks relatively . . . → Read More: Dr. Daniel W.A. Noble

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

Lizard Lab news!

A Lizard Lab update is long overdue! The lab has had the pleasure of hosting Stephan Leu as a visiting postdoc. Stephan and Martin have been working on a paper together and planning upcoming research on blueys (social networks) and sleepy lizards (with Mike Bull). Stephan has done some fantastic work on social networks . . . → Read More: Lizard Lab news!

Dispatches from China part 1: Lizards, culture and our inability to understand the Chinese currency

For all those Lizard Lab followers, you’re in for a treat! For those of you who are not aware, Martin and Dan have been travelling through China with some colleagues (Dr. Qi Yin and Wu Yau Yong) to look at a peculiar and unique lizard population in the far North of Sichuan Province. Our . . . → Read More: Dispatches from China part 1: Lizards, culture and our inability to understand the Chinese currency

The water dragon project gets a series of high profile visitors!

Prior to the ISBE conference in Perth, the Lizard Lab was visited by Mike Cant (University of Exeter), Marlene Zuk (UC Riverside) and John Alcock (Arizona State University). All visited the water dragon site (at different times) and tried their hands at catching water dragons. Here are some photos (some of the poorer ones . . . → Read More: The water dragon project gets a series of high profile visitors!