I had a whirlwind summer full of science and traveling. Now that classes are starting, I hope to be better about posting! I had a great time at the ISBE conference in New York City as well as the ABS meeting at Princeton where my talk about genotype-by-environment interactions was well received. It feels like conference season is winding down, but there is one more, and it might just be my favorite. GREEBs will be hosted at CSU’s Pingree Park September 19-21 and I can only hope that the aspens will be changing color by then!
Cassandra successfully defended her honors thesis titled “Effects of gene flow on color and body size in guppies.” Great job Cassandra!
I was thrilled that this year’s AFS Western Division meeting was held in Mazatlan, Mexico! The location was perfect and the people were great. I learned an incredible amount about mangroves at the second annual mangrove symposium, for example that the checkered puffer fish has a personality type for aggression and boldness. I also learned that warm sunny weather coupled with fresh-squeezed margaritas puts fish biologists in a fantastic mood. Thanks everyone for a well-organized and successful WD 2014 meeting.
Our camera trap project in Trinidad captured images of ocelots! To our knowledge, this is the first documentation of wild ocelots on the island of Trinidad! Big congratulations to everyone involved in this project: Carl Fitzjames , Kelly Warren, Chris Funk, and Sarah Fitzpatrick.
A big congratulations to Chris Kopack for winning best undergraduate poster at this year’s Front Range Student Ecology Symposium.
Females of this beautiful, range-restricted bird may nest up to 6 times and lay 18 eggs in a breeding season only to average 1.1 surviving chicks! Most nests are discovered and devoured by hungry predators like the island fox. Luckily, nests in native shrubs are more likely to survive and these shrubs are slowly returning to the island after disturbance. Let’s hope that the future is looking up for these industrious and tenacious ladies. Learn more in Luke’s paper. Rock on Angeloni lab!
John Kronenberger just joined the Angeloni lab! He’ll be investigating fascinating questions about the evolution of color patterns in guppies.