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June field work

Rodet and I had a chance to work with Patricia Torres in the Dominican Republic. The trip was a full success leading to the collection of fishes of several species of Limia and – unfortunately – many invasive species.  Also, a long awaited paper came out this week in BMC Research Notes. Congratulations to Ulrike Scherer and Ralph Tiedemann.

Patricia inspecting a river near the North Coast

Skipping April…..

Somehow April flew by. And most of May. Now the semester is over and we are focusing on summer field work. Next week Rodet and I will be in the Dominican Republic to collect Limia.

But April was not without good news; check out Amber’s newest paper. It is a follow up on her earlier brilliant work on clonality in Amazon mollies. Check it out!

March Madness

March was a very full month for the lab. The highlight was a trip to Baton Rouge. I gave a talk hosted by Prosanta Chakrabarty at LSU, and on the way back we collected Sailfin mollies for Trai’s project. They were not easy to find, but one site had all the fishes we wanted. But we had to collect in the rain, right next to a couple of vocalizing alligators.

Searching for Sailfin mollies

February big news

Another paper from the group just came out:

This is the product of a wonderful collaboration with Susana Varela and Margarita Matos from the University of Lisbon.

What else is happening? Rodet and Trai are getting ready for their General Exam later this semester. And Ingo is diligently working on his book and getting ready for his sabbatical.

Great way to start the New Year

As we are all getting ready for a terrific 2018, the latest paper by Amber is now out:

It is a nice follow up study to her seminal paper on clonal recognition in Amazon mollies. Congrats, Amber!

December in London

The weather was distinctly London-like: cool, and rainy. And although the conference room suffered from some heating issues, there were great debates and interactions at the ASAB Wintermeeting in London in early December ( The topic was of great interest to Trai and Ingo, and we were lucky to be among the few presenters for the conference. We had lots of responses to our presentations; clearly the topic of Male Mate Choice is on the rise.

Luckily, there was just enough time to pay a quick visit to the Aquarium of the London Zoo:


Almost Thanksgiving

It is hard to believe, but November is already almost over. We have been very busy with manuscripts and teaching. Trai and I will both attend the ASAB Winter meeting with presentations in early December in London. And we are planing for the upcoming field season!

Collecting in the San Marcos River, Texas. Also trying to blend in……

Tropical Ecology in Cuba

I will be teaching a course  in Cuba. Go to for more info!

Almost November…

Wow, time flies. We were all super-busy with papers and proposals. Trai has submitted to NSF, Rodet to the Whitley Foundation, and I submitted a long review to Current Zoology. Now we need to hope for good news!

New paper out

This is a product of our collaboration with Ralph Tiedemann’s group in Potsdam: A new paper on allele specific gene expression!

Check it out here:



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