After Trinidad, there was one more trip: Cuba. Rodet and I went to study Limia in their natural habitat. After that, there was not much time left in the summer. In September I focused on my new book on Male Mate Choice. The next adventure will be a small conference in Plön, Germany.
Malecon in Havana
After more fieldwork in June (this time in Jamaica), the highlight for July was the LACCCB conference in Trinidad. The conference was fantastic, and the symposium on invasive fishes that Amy Deacon organized was very successful.
Rodet gave a great presentation on freshwater fishes of Cuba!
And being in the homeland of Guppies was fun, too.
As we discussed at the conference I am making a field-sheet available for all. You can download it from the Resources page on this website,
Trai and I attended a symposium last year in Estoril, Portugal. The speakers contributed to this Special Column in Current Zoology. Some fine papers!
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
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 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
Another paper from the group just came out: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/brv.12397/full
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.
As we are all getting ready for a terrific 2018, the latest paper by Amber is now out: https://academic.oup.com/beheco/advance-article/doi/10.1093/beheco/arx179/4781345
It is a nice follow up study to her seminal paper on clonal recognition in Amazon mollies. Congrats, Amber!
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 (https://asabwinter2017.weebly.com). 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:
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……