- Professor of Biology
I like lizards and islands. My professional research focuses on how and why lizards change color. I have discovered lizards that change skin color based on their temperature and other lizards that change color in response to bird calls. In addition to why they change color, I am also interested in how they change color at a cellular level. I am fortunate that the lizards that I am most interested in live on islands: Curly-tail lizards in the Bahamas, and Day geckos and chameleons in Madagascar. My work on islands really informs my teaching and has given me a much deeper understanding of the reality of biodiversity hotspots as well as lots of great stories. I also really enjoy working and traveling with students either when doing research or visiting the Bahamas for a diving-focused January term Tropical Marine Biology course. Given my range of interests I enjoy teaching courses ranging from Cell Biology to Vertebrate Diversity to Evolution.