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 Elizabeth Preston from wrote a great article about our paper on mate familiarity effects in the long-term monogamous sleepy lizard. “Lizards in Long-Term Relationships Can Skip the Foreplay“ Great article. My favourite line “While the new couples are still engaged in preliminaries, … Continue reading

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Long-term monogamy in a lizard

“Hot off the press” Australian sleepy lizards (Tiliqua rugosa) are monogamous and form very strong pair bonds with their partner. In our latest study we investigated why sleepy lizards form those strong bonds, instead of mating with different partners every year. … Continue reading

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Two PhD opportunities

A/Prof. Martin Whiting from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia is looking for two enthusiastic PhD students to work on two very interesting lizard projects. This is a great opportunity to do a PhD in the awesome Sydney Lizard Lab embedded … Continue reading

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The Australian Geographic Society writes about on their blog. Some more details about the project: Long term monogamy in the sleepy lizard, Tiliqua rugosa. Males and females usually have different reproductive interests resulting in sexual conflict. Hence, monogamy, the mating … Continue reading

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Hot off the press Social attraction in larval green and golden bell frogs Animal social behaviour is one of my major research interests, and why animals form social groups. Group formation (including pairs) has evolved independently in numerous different species. … Continue reading

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Field notes It is time for some belated field notes, since I am already back in the lab. I had a very busy and exciting field season, working on several aspects of the social behaviour of the sleepy lizard, Tiliqua … Continue reading

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