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The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy

Book Review A Riley & Whiting Collaboration Julia Riley’s Review: First, I would like to say as an expat Canadian researcher, I am happy to say that two Canadian professors wrote this book! Woot! This book proposes a means to tackle the effect corporatization of higher education has on universities. Their ‘Slow’ Professor Manifesto has […]

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Awesome new mini-documentary on Julia Riley’s PhD and social lizards!

Lizard Lab associate and honorary member Dr. James O’Hanlon has produced a fantastic mini-documentary about Julia Riley’s PhD work on tree skinks (Egernia striolata) and family living. The documentary offers some great views of our Albury study site and the amazing lizards! It asks the question why are animals social, and talks about what we […]

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PhD opportunity: social intelligence and the evolution of brain size in lizards

We are looking for a PhD student to work on an Australian Research Council grant testing for social intelligence in Egernia skinks. Here is some background: Uncovering the evolution of intelligence is one of science’s greatest challenges. Social intelligence theory suggests that sociality selects for increasingly sophisticated cognition, but this theory is heavily biased by […]

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Lizard Lab book club: Review of ‘How to make a zombie’

Review by James Baxter-Gilbert How to Make a Zombie: The Real Life (and Death) Science of Reanimation and Mind Control by Frank Swain. 2013. 256 pp. Oneworld Publications. ISBN 978-1-85168-944-6. If the concept of population dynamics has taught us anything it is that whenever a population expands far beyond an ecosystem’s ability to sustain it […]

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Lizard Lab launches new Behaviour and Cognition Centre!

We have acquired an amazing new indoor space in which we can study lizard and toad behaviour and cognition. We have a small room for a Morris Water Maze for studying spatial cognition (ably set up by Jodie Gruber), a much larger room with lots of shelves and CCTV where we are currently working on […]

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Lizard Lab book club: Review of Brilliant Blunders

Here is the second in our series of book reviews by members of the Lizard Lab. Review by James Baxter-Gilbert Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein – Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe. Mario Livio. 2013. Simon and Schuster. 352 pp. ISBN 1439192383, 9781439192382. Trial and error […]

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Lizard Lab book reviews launched!

The Lizard Lab has a book club that we launched a few years ago to showcase what the lab was reading. We have now added a book reviews page and the first book review is posted below. Click on the Book Club tab (main menu bar) to learn more about what lab members are reading […]

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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 a […]

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Freek Vonk visits the Lizard Lab

Freek Vonk is a Dutch scientist and nature documentary presenter. He and his crew have just wrapped season 1 of “Freek in Australia”. Part of this series consisted of a day at our lab filming cane toads and discussing our work on cognition followed by a trip to our water dragon site at Lane Cove […]