I’m really excited to say that in March (background checks, visas etc permitting!!) I’ll be starting a new position in the labs of Michael Sheriff and Tracy Langkilde at Penn State, working on maternal stress effects on offspring in fence lizards!
Fence lizards are targeted in some parts of the south-eastern US by a novel predator, the invasive fire ant – learning how they respond to this new pressure and how this influences their offspring is a really amazing way to look at evolution in action! Here’s some more background about Tracy’s amazing system, and Michael’s great work on maternal stress effects. I’m SO excited about this new project, and will be keeping you posted here as always.