Adventures Down South concludes - lizard catching, veg surveys, lab work, and the wrap up

Adventures Down South concludes - lizard catching, veg surveys, lab work, and the wrap up

One extremely valuable lesson I've learned while attempting to document my scientific endeavors/adventures is... post when you can. There were times at the end of my journey when I had a free hour or two and thought, "Oh, I'll just rest now. I'll post it tomorrow. I'm sure I'll get another free moment." Nope. If it happened, and you have the video (I did), post it. Post it now. Now I know. 

I am no longer chasing lizards, but am back home, busy analyzing the data I collected in Florida. And, I have finally gotten a free second to wrap up the field blog.

Sorry for the delay, folks! It is still summer, and the lizards are still hopping around (though not anywhere near me). I hope you haven't lost interest in them!

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Good morning, heartache...

Good morning, heartache...

"You're like an old friend, come and see me again."

Anyone? (Rancid. Soundtrack to my life right now. OK, OK, I'm being a bit melodramatic, but you get the point.)

It was 7 p.m.

I had just spent the entire day walking around in the Florida heat, looking for lizards. My efforts were largely unrewarded. I had also checked out a few new sites that I thought might be promising (they weren't - they were beautiful, though). As I was coming out of the bathroom stall of this particular park (gotta love public parks with bathrooms!), I was greeted by this little guy. Perch height: 0.59 m, distance from observer: 2 m. Habitat: errrr...

I took him outside. Oh, the irony.

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You can't go back

You can't go back

So, sadly, many green anoles did not survive the severe storms that brought cold and ice to the Southern states this past winter. It's very sad. I really hope it doesn't take the populations long to recover, but it may. 

As for me, I have to head south, where the green anoles are faring better. I've heard that they are relatively plentiful in areas in Florida, so I'm hoping for the best (as always).

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The human element

The human element

While I'm busy figuring what's going on with these Georgian anoles, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about my field station here in Augusta (yes, I'm using the term field station extremely loosely).

The place where I'm staying is an extended stay hotel, and it is currently housing a large group of construction workers. Lying in bed, unable to sleep a few nights ago, I took up pen and paper...

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Foul weather troubles

Foul weather troubles

It's been raining or just cloudy (and cold) for as many days as I was initially able to search for lizards. Luckily, I have lots of other work to keep me occupied (tons, really). However, I'd rather be finding green anole populations right now. I'm happy to report that the next week is supposed to be sunny and warm, so I will have a chance to get back out there and figure out what the heck is going on with these lizards.

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Welcome to my 'Adventures Down South' series!

Welcome to my 'Adventures Down South' series!

As this may be my last field season as a PhD candidate (and I had a few requests), I decided to document what it is exactly that I do when I disappear for several weeks (or months) into the wilds of the south in the summer, in search of lizards. Although my family and friends have known for years that I am a herper* and an evolutionary ecologist, they’ve never quite known what that means in terms of what the heck I do on a daily basis (“Yes dear, but what exactly do you do?”). I hope this clarifies it all a bit! I’ll be updating this blog throughout the summer, so you can see the trials, tribulations, and hopefully the joys of a scientific study in progress. 

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