Several field technicians are needed for a project to monitor the effects of forest management on amphibians and reptiles in Missouri’s Ozark forests. Technicians will install trap arrays, maintain and check pitfall and funnel traps, identify and mark captured animals, record habitat data, enter data into databases, and conduct data quality assessments. Technicians will also assist with a concurrent small mammal project involving Sherman trapping. Both studies are part of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP). The employment period is from 3 February 2014 through 1 November 2014, with an anticipated ~7 week break from trapping during July and August, during which time technicians may take unpaid leave or assist with other research projects. Housing and work vehicles are provided. Leer más.

In an interesting new paper in the journal Checklist (subtitled, the “journal of “species lists and distribution”), Bienentreu et al. report on 28 new specimens of A. salvini from western Panama. On its face, the paper is simply a description of many new specimens of a little known species. But lurking within are a variety of fascinating tidbits. Leer más.

For young lizards born into this unpredictable world, their very first meal can be a major life changer. So say researchers who report evidence on July 3 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that this early detail influences how the lizards disperse from their birthplaces, how they grow, and whether they survive. A quick or slow meal even influences the lizards’ reproductive success two years later in a surprising way. Leer más. El enlace con el artículo se encuentra en la noticia anterior.