Meet the lizard crews!

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Pot-luck dinner with the two lizard crews! Photo credit – Matthew Lattanzio

While I was doing my work on black-chinned hummingbirds, I was fortunate to share the field station with two awesome research crews studying lizards. The first crew, consisting of Anthony Gilbert, a graduate student from Ohio University, and his field assistant Cassie Thompson, who recently finished her undergraduate at OU, are studying ornate tree lizard (below) color polymorphism (when individuals in a single species are colored differently) and climate change. The other crew is lead by Matthew Latanzio and Kortney Jaworski from Christopher Newport University who are studying the evolutionary ecology (how the interactions between animals and their environment shaped their evolutionary history) of ornate tree lizards and Yarrow’s spiny lizards (below).

The lizard crews in the field. Photo credit - Kortney Jaworski

The lizard crews in the field. Photo credit – Kortney Jaworski

For more information on either crew, check out Matthew’s website (here) and Anthony’s advisor’s website (here). I had a great time hanging out with them while I was doing my fieldwork and look forward to seeing them again in the future!

Here are some pictures of the lizards they are studying that I managed to take.

A slightly washed out picture of an ornate tree lizard displaying its hidden colors.

A slightly washed out picture of an ornate tree lizard displaying its hidden colors.

An example of how the ornate tree lizard can really blend into its surroundings.

An example of how the ornate tree lizard can really blend into its surroundings.

Another view of a Yarrow's spiny lizard

Another view of a Yarrow’s spiny lizard

A Yarrow's spiny lizard showing off its under-neck color.

A Yarrow’s spiny lizard showing off its under-neck color.

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