Category Archives: Research Methods

Traveling With Ethanol? Think Twice.

Any field biologist you talk to likely has pickled specimens in formalin or ethanol at some point during her career. Similarly, ask a molecular ecologist, and it’s probable that he’s preserved some tissue samples in ethanol. It’s also likely that those … Continue reading

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Gear review: the Fish Pen

“Are you sure you don’t want to take a lizard pole?” – “No way, we’re on vacation, not field work”. But once arrived on the lovely Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico I just couldn’t get any of the anoles perching on … Continue reading

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Poll: What Is This Contraption For?

Good work Anole Annalers! For the answer, go here.

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Light up my life

Have you ever tried to collect elusive twig anoles? What about small juveniles living in the leaf litter or dense foliage? If you are interested in these or many other hard to find species you have almost undoubtedly gone searching … Continue reading

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Top 10 Gear List

The Anolis field season, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, lasts from about mid-April to late-August. As winter finally loosens its grip on 2011, anole biologists everywhere are planning trips, breaking out field kits, shaking out field clothes, and gathering replacement … Continue reading

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Identifying Genes Involved in Anolis Dewlap Color and Pattern

Jessica Stapley writes: I am a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow co-hosted by the University of Sheffield and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. I have just started a new project aimed at identifying loci underlying Anolis dewlap colour … Continue reading

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Forum: What Makes the Best Noose?

During recent fieldwork with several graduate students, the topic of lizard noosing materials came up.  I was accused of being an old fogey for my continued use of dental floss to make my nooses.  By contrast, these young whippersnappers used … Continue reading

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Measuring the Light on High

Last summer the Glor lab began collecting light data to supplement ongoing research into the speciation of distichoid Anolis lizards.  Following methods developed by Leo Fleishman and Manuel Leal, our aim was to measure light levels at the exact location … Continue reading

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