Egernia Sociality Tree skink project

Hot off the press! Roommates are not all they’re cracked up to be (if you’re a lizard)

Recently, myself and collaborators published our study that found – social experience has a crucial role in development of a family-living lizard. We also discovered that despite their social nature, the Australian tree skink (Egernia striolata) does not necessarily thrive in a ‘share-house’ environment. Group- and family-living animals, like humans, birds, and mammals, tend not […]

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Skinks and Ladders: A family-living lizard’s learning ability is not affected by their home environment

By Julia Riley A family-living lizard’s ability to navigate through a complex maze is not linked to how they were raised We have found that the learning ability of the Tree Skink, a lizard that lives with family, is not linked to growing up with others. These lizards were able to learn to navigate a […]

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The 8th World Congress of Herpetology

Note: the following post is by Julia Riley and also posted on her web page. On 14 August 2016, a small contingent of the Lizard Lab headed from Sydney, Australia to Hangzhou, China for the 8th World Congress of Herpetology. Our fearless leader, Martin Whiting, as well as James Baxter-Gilbert and I were the Lizard Lab’s […]

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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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Dispatches from the field: South Australia tree skink reconnaissance

By Julia Riley The Tree Skink (Egernia striolata) field crew has just returned from fieldwork in South Australia. We (Julia, James, Martin and Dan) were checking out two new field sites for potential long-term monitoring of social systems. Our trip began by flying to Adelaide, and even though it was Good Friday Adelaide ended up […]