Our new paper on the interaction of immunity, DNA methylation, and pigmentation was just published in Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology (the former Physiological and Biochemical Zoology)! Congrats to first author David Tevs. Check out the link to read the paper.
Our new paper on the genome of the slender anole (Anolis apletophallus) was just published in the journal G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics! Congrats to Renata Pirani and Carlos Arias on shepherding this massive project through the to publication. The genome of this species will be an invaluable resource to our research group and others that study anoles. Check out the link to read the paper.
Our new paper on the efficacy of 3D printed operative temperature models (OTMs) was just published in the Journal of Thermal Biology! We found that 3D OTMs perform very well compared to traditional OTMs, and offer other advantages such as reproducibility. Check out the link to read the paper, and visit the website for this project to learn more and to download 3D models.
The lab just returned from an excellent Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) meeting in Seattle, Washington! Kelly, Elizabeth, and Leah all presented their research to interested audiences. Perhaps the best part of attending these meetings are the opportunities to catch up with friends and colleagues and meet new friends and colleagues. SICB is a fantastic meeting and very affordable to students, so I hope to see many folks at the meeting next year.
Our new paper on how the evolution of the relationship between hormones and gene expression can impact the evolution of sexual dichromatism was just published in the Journal of Heredity! Congratulations to first author Chris Robinson for this remarkably integrative research. Check out the link to read the paper.
Our new paper on how island colonization leads to rapid morphological and behavioral divergence in Panamanian slender anoles was just published in the journal Evolutionary Ecology! This project was a tremendous amount of work, and congratulations to first author Dr. Dan Nicholson! Check out the link to read the paper.
Our new paper on behavioral interactions between non-native bark anoles and brown anoles was just published in the Journal of Zoology! This research project was part of the Herpetology class that I teach at FIU. Congrats to first author Dr. Ian Clifton!
Check out the link to read the paper: https://zslpublications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jzo.13094
Elizabeth Hoffman has joined FIU as a PhD student in the Cox lab! Elizabeth got her BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Purdue University. At Purdue, she studied impacts of environmental contaminants on northern watersnakes. She also studied semiaquatic anoles in Costa Rica. Elizabeth is developing dissertation ideas with anoles in our Panamanian system.
Noah Gripshover published the first chapter of his dissertation in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology! In this paper, we describe flat-headed snakes and southeastern crowned snakes feed on the dangerous prey of centipedes. Noah was able to document some novel prey-handling techniques, and the videos of them feeding are gnarly! Check out the link to read the paper.