Levi, representing the Chipojolab at SICB 2017. He presented recent results demonstrating behavioral flexibility in Anolis sagrei, which supports our previous findings “anoles are smarter than those of us who study them” and shows that we have a lot to learn.
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Congrats to Levi
The main component of Levi’s undergrad research, which evaluated risk taking behavior in lower vertebrates” was published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. The title of the paper is “Male treefrogs in low conditions resume signaling faster following a simulated predator attack”
Kudos to Arianne
Congrats to Arianne for receiving a Sigma Xi, Grants-in-Aid of Research to support her research with lower vertebrates.
Climate Change Meets Natural History
It is fitting that an “Idea and Perspective” that I co-author with Alex has made its debut in Ecology Letters at a time in which climate change finds itself on the cover of most major newspapers and a subject commonly mentioned in the US presidential campaign. The paper, entitled “A conceptual framework for understanding thermal constraints on ectotherm activity with implications for predicting responses to global change,” nicely illustrates the importance of having boots on the ground to measure variables at scales relevant to the species in question, or in other words, of doing natural history work in order to inform climate change models. You can read more about this paper in our blog.
Congrats to Ellee
Our own Ellee has been selected to represent the Biology Graduate Students in the University of Missouri’s Graduate Student Leadership Development Program. As part of this system-wide program, she will be collaborating with doctoral students from the UM campuses to engage in professional development and leadership training. These activities will take place at each of the different campuses over the course of next year, and she promises to send post-cards from her epic travels to Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis.
Leal Lab Moves to MU
After some time away from home, I am finally back in Missouri, now as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia. This is an extraordinarily exciting time for the Chipojo Lab, which currently consists of myself, Ellee Cook, and Edward Ramirez. At Mizzou we are joining the Division of Biological Sciences which includes a dynamic group of labs studying animal behavior and evolutionary ecology. We hope that our arrival here at Mizzou can broaden what is already an impressively broad research program in animal communication, which includes work on acoustic, vibratory, and visual signals.
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Our recent paper documenting rapid change in thermal tolerance was recommended by the F1000.
Read the paper here: recent paper
New Animal Behaviour pub
David Steinberg and Manuel Leal published a paper in Animal Behaviour.