The setting is White Sands, NM - an island of gypsum dunes slowly transforming and shifting through the Chihuahuan Desert. The protagonists are three species of small white lizards inhabiting these dunes. The story is recent and rapid evolution: changing ecology, natural selection, and speciation. Our attempt, as field biologists, is to tell that story.
- by Simone Des Roches
05 June 2011
The Start of June
Just released male H. maculata at sunset.
We're roughly half way through the first part of our field season. We're up to 79 lizards- and hoping now for 150 before June 20. We had our best catching day today with 10 lizards!
I'll write again soon, but for now I have to sketch a Holbrook for some awesome slide shows!