Wow, it has been so long since I added in a post to this website, I figured I had better write something to show people I am alive. I am afraid the covid quagmire has made things really bog down. However, kudos to the grad students in our lab for ‘keeping the faith’ and pressing on. During the current academic year we have had a quasi-normal existence in the lab, although of course there are still restrictions on how we move about on campus. One important thing we achieved was the 25th year of monitoring the small mammal community near Kamloops through fall mark/recapture trapping session. This has involved hundreds and hundreds of undergrads, as well as effort by graduate students to lead trapping teams. This year Jade played a large role in keeping the data rolling in. We got a bit of local publicity over the project, which I’ll try to find and showcase in another post.
A large activity in our lab over the past 8 months has been the re-invention of the BC Reptiles & Amphibian website. The original website focuses just on reptiles, and was established by myself and a government colleague at least 15 years ago. Finally we obtained funding to give this a complete overhaul (thanks to my good colleague, Dr. Leigh Anne Isaac, who is also an adjunct at TRU and a co-supervisor on thesis projects in our lab). This has served to provide much-needed income to many students in the lab, and I think when the final product is released (in a few weeks) it will be a much more valuable resource for anyone interested in reptiles and amphibians in our province.
Even though it is just mid-January, things are already starting to ramp up for field season 2022. Time to order transmitters, look for research assistants, and plan out the roadmap for the thesis. I will try to keep these posts more up-to-date as we continue to move along. Ciao.