New publication: the genetics of urban invasions

Our new review paper on the genetic processes and considerations underlying urban invasions is now out in Oecologia! Check it out HERE.

This review originated from a class on invasion genetics and was spearheaded by Emily Reed, a PhD candidate in the Burford Reiskind Lab doing fascinating research on the urban landscape genomics of Aedes mosquitoes in the Raleigh area—focusing on the invasive Asian Tiger Mosquito A. albopictus. An additional big shout out to coauthor Dr. Megan Serr, whose PhD research focused on the reproductive behavior and mate choice of wild house mice.

Nocturnal Activity and Anoles, continued

Collaborator Dr. Chris Thawley and his colleague recently published an interesting paper illuminating the consequences of nighttime artificial light use by diurnal anoles (catch the pun?). Check out the new paper HERE!

Our previous publication offers natural history observations for anoles using artificial light at night (ALAN) but stops short of the fitness consequences of this behavior, i.e., how ALAN use might affect survival and reproduction. Chris’ new paper goes into these important aspects — valuable and interesting work!


Citation: Thawley CJ, Kolbe JJ. 2020 Artificial light at night increases growth and reproductive output in Anolis lizards. Proc. R. Soc. B 287: 20191682.

High natal homing precision in Caribbean hawksbill sea turtles

Dr. Kathryn Levasseur and her colleagues recently published a must-read paper exploring natal homing in Caribbean hawksbills. Check it out HERE. Primarily through the lens of population genetics, their findings show high natal homing precision to our tiny study site on Long Island, Antigua. Additionally, they contextualize this within the greater Caribbean and discuss the effect of nesting beach context (i.e., small islands versus larger “mainlands”) on the degree of homing precision. Important stuff for the field of sea turtle conservation!

Below, Kate receives the University of South Carolina’s Cindy & Dan Carson Best Graduate Student Paper of the Year Award during her PhD dissertation defense.