Marissa, our lab artist and microCT connoisseur, sketched this wonderful logo for out latest t-shirts. It shows one of our core activities as members of the Chipojo Lab. None of us can come even close to keeping up with el Chipojo, and depicted here is a sketch of what would help us go the extra … Continue reading Llévame en tu bicicleta
A limerick for the night: After an hour, the rain had passed Toads, frogs, and salamanders amassed They stared back, even a newt All posed for their photo shoot My expectations, the night had surpassed I truly enjoyed the night. I did not expect to see has many little critters as we did, all fascinating … Continue reading Marissa’s First Salamander!!
Manuel recently published a paper in the Journal of Herpetology with Leo Fleishman and Maya Prebish, examining visual acuity and perception of Anolis dewlap patterns. Yesterday, a news feature came out about the article in El Neuvo Día, sharing the findings en español. Keep scrolling below for an English translation! Especial El Nuevo Día It’s … Continue reading To see, or not to see
Imagine, for a moment, that you are a young salamander. You have spent the first several months of your life swimming around a pond, munching away on small aquatic invertebrates (zooplankton) and hiding from predators (Photo 1). Strangely, it has become harder and harder to swim gracefully in the last few weeks. You suddenly have … Continue reading The Chipojo Lab Gets Slimy
Are lizards smarter than we give them credit for? Check out Manuel & Levi's feature in the magazine Ciencia about foraging and problem solving in Anolis sagrei! The study was designed and conducted entirely in the lizards' natural environment— in aims of understanding lizard behavior in an ecologically-relevant context. In the field of animal cognition, … Continue reading Lagartijos más listos
There are few things as bone chilling as the forest at night. In Puerto Rico, nighttime in the forest is abuzz with the calls of coqui frogs, so many insects, and the occasional witch-like laughter of screech owls. The invasive cane toads emerge en masse, their enormous mass plopping around the forest floor snatching up … Continue reading How do twig anoles sleep?
Manuel shares his views about inclusion and equity with the MU community: https://gradschool.missouri.edu/dr-manuel-leal/
First update in a while, and on our brand new WordPress blog! The pandemic has affected all aspects of our society, and scientific research is no exception. For the last few months we have been conducting all of our scholarly work through email and Zoom from the isolation comfort of our homes. It has been … Continue reading Another one bites the bust!
This summer the Chipojo Lab has initiated some new projects at a fascinating new field site in the Indian River Lagoon on the Atlantic coast of Florida. We are working in the Indian River Aquatic Preserve which stretches for 12 miles along the Indian River Lagoon from Vero Beach in the north to Fort Pierce … Continue reading Field Work in Paradise
Those that follow the Chipojoblog are familiar with one of our core tenets: strive as best you can to design experiments under natural conditions. This philosophy reflects my own view that behavior should be studied in the field whenever possible. Our recent paper in Current Zoology, “Visual playback of colorfulsignals in the field supports sensory drive … Continue reading Brighter is not always better