Well it has been a very busy few days... but I think it is about time I sketch out an overview of my current project for those of you who are yet unfamiliar.
Previously, my research focused on the ecology side of adaptation - especially habitat use and functional morphology (linking lizard's traits with how they perform - eat, bite, escape predators, and sprint).
|The little striped whiptail (A. inornata) with a tasty, grubby snack under the shade on the ecotone of White Sands and the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.|
|Jackie and Mikki checking out a muddy puddle outside the ecotone of White Sands.|
Last year, we began the mark-recapture experiment on the lesser earless lizard, Holbrookia maculata. We first sampled in May-June, and then recaptured in August. We had about a 60-70% recapture rate... meaning, we 60-70% of the lizards we captured in August were already tagged and had survived since the spring.
|Mikki readying her noose at our site, "AR02" (Admin Road 02)|
Goodnight 8 H. maculata and 7 S. undulatus sharing our apartment tonight...
-S. Des Roches