Tree skinks go to school: The complexities of social learning in lizards

By: Fonti Kar & Julia Riley

“Never study an animal that is smarter than you” – Dr Martin Whiting

An adult female tree skink after performing the discrimination task we used to quantify their learning ability – she successfully removed the blue lid from this dish and accessed the food reward . . . → Read More: Tree skinks go to school: The complexities of social learning in lizards

Dispatches from the field: the social lizard landscape (Albury, New South Wales)

Part I By Martin Whiting

This post is long-overdue! Here, we are reporting on two field trips to our new study site in Albury, in New South Wales, close to the border with Victoria. In December of last year, Martin, Dan and Geoff While (University of Tasmania) went on a field trip to establish . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: the social lizard landscape (Albury, New South Wales)

Dispatches from the field: bushfires, thorny devils and spinifex in Central Australia

We are currently at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary (about 350 km WNW of Alice Springs) working on sociality in the Great Desert Skink (Liopholis kintorei), which is the subject of Siobhan Dennison’s PhD. Adam Stow, Steve McAlpin and Martin Whiting flew in to Alice Springs and were met by Siobhan and Christine Turnbull.

Newhaven is . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: bushfires, thorny devils and spinifex in Central Australia