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.
I hope everyone is ready for another fantastic Guild of Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists (GREEBs) annual meeting! It is at Pingree Park September 20-22. See you there!