Thursday, April 14, 2011

The island experiment is fully up and running.

Today was our last day in Florida and our busiest yet. We collected all of our clay models and took careful data about their placements. We also released the final 135 lizards on 3 islands in Tomoka State Park. This brings our experiment up to 835 lizards on 9 different islands. That is a truly large scale and should give us great data on how the sex ratio effects the ecology and evolution of populations.

115 comments:

  1. when you go back to Florida are you going to use the same clay models or different ones?

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  2. what have you found out about the clay models?what might have attacked them?

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  3. were you having fun when you were there?.

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  4. Mr.Reedy are you happy with you research you have dicovered!!!

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  5. what rare you going to do next

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  6. Mr.Reedy what else did you do besides grab lizards and eatttt?!

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  7. Wish I can be in that island.

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  8. Ana Karen CardenasApril 15, 2011 at 6:18 AM

    How many hours did it take you to do all this?

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  9. hope your having a great time and hope that your research is going well.... i am wondering if you have found anything unusual?

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  10. Did you accomplish your goal?

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  11. Mr.Reedy you be legit!!! =D

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  12. mr.reedy,have you gone out and had fun?

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  13. It must have taken you a long time to do this hope everything turns out well in your research. Are you satisfied about the outcome of your trip?

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  14. Griselda Rodriguez 1st periodApril 15, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    I wish i could be there in Florida the islands looks very peaceful and so beautiful (:

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  15. Have you been on the beach yet.? You know like just for fun.?

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  16. I just wanna say what your doing is exciting. And I hope you find out what you really are looking for. Also get some sleep 4 hours of sleep just doesn't cut it. You will end up looking like me. This is your boi Lil Wayne.

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  17. Did you get sun burn?

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  18. have you went swimming yet or have you gone scubba diving yet?

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  19. what are the differences between the islands?

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  20. And for my final question of day is Mr.Reedy what you gonna do when you come to chicago or if your in chicago?! =]

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  21. Now for the real question. =D Say your friends are kickin in the front seats and kickin in the back seats. So you got to make your mind up which seat do you take?!

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  22. Alexx of 2nd periodApril 15, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    Are you gonna come back n visit us?

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  23. Did you catch and mark ALL the lizards that were in the islands?

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  24. margarita diaz prd 2April 15, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    how manyy clays animals get attack?

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  25. Are you having fun in florida?

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  26. margarita diaz prd 2April 15, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    how was florida?

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  27. are you guys still gonna use the clay models?

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  28. After you finished with this experiment, what are your plans for the future? Are you going bak teaching at Kelly HS?

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  29. 835?
    that's a pretty big number.
    I'm happy for both of you for accomplishing so much.
    you're hard work will pay off :)

    I have a question.
    There is no possible way that the lizards can escape from the Islands correct?

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  30. margarita diaz prd 2ndApril 15, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    how many lizards are in each bag?

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  31. did the clay models work at all??

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  32. Omar Molina 2nd PeriodApril 15, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    What types of animals, other than lizards, can you find in all 9 different islands.

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  33. what is the next step????
    did you enjoy yourself in florida??

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  34. margarita diaz prd 2ndApril 15, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    are you happy your coming back?

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  35. did you achieve the goal you wanted?

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  36. i really hope youir experiment goes good and as planed i hear your coming back today ! yay

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  37. margarita diaz prd 2ndApril 15, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    was it hard to capture the lizards

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  38. Nikki Solis 2nd PeriodApril 15, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Is there anything you're worried about with the lizards?

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  39. Mr. Reedy so I heard you're in Chicago!. Are you gonna visit us at all?

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  40. What island do you think will have the most results?

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  41. Stephanie Moreno 2ndApril 15, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    How was Florida ? How many types of diffrent Lizards did you catch ?

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  42. Biology 2nd Period Weiheng RuanApril 15, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    Now come the boring part waiting

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  43. I bet you are exited and prepare for the next 10 years. Wish you the besy...May

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  44. Kimberly from 2nd periodApril 15, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    How long will you leave the lizrds on these islands? Will this become their new permanent habitat?

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  45. Kimberly from 2nd periodApril 15, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Are you planning to come back to school to take over the class again or not? We miss you!!!!

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  46. Every how often will you travel back to the islands?

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  47. Jacqueline Fuentes 3rdApril 15, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Are you collecting the lizards and leaving them or until the next time you return will you do another trial with the clay lizards?

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  48. Mayra Hernandez pd.3rd :)April 15, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    How long did it take for you guys to collect all the data and clay models?

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  49. Gabriela CastilloApril 15, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    When woud you release the other lizards?

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  50. How about the health of the lizards after 1 week in the bags?

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  51. What do you think the results of your hypothesis will be ?

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  52. Are you happy about the data you collected so far?

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  53. Alma, I think Mr. Reedy is going back in the summer and then in the fall.

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  54. Is there any surprise in the data of clay models?

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  55. Mr.Reedy, are you happy with how the experiment went overall?

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  56. Was there any deaths on the lizards?

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  57. Whats he doing by the tree?

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  58. have your expectations changed with the duration of this expiriement?

    also it would be nice if someone deletes some of the spam like Noel Castillo or this "lil Wayne" person types since its really a waste of time to read and has nothing to do with what your doing, thanks

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  59. Which have you cacthed most females or males?

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  60. have you had fun?

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  61. Rogelio Carabez 3rd PeriodApril 15, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Mr. Reedy is there any natural reasons you think could disturb the project on an island like flooding or something?

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  62. What were you doing here?

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  63. Besides collect all the data what else did you do?

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  64. Selena Romero

    What happen to the clay models you got back? Have their been attacked or biting or in two?

    Do you think if you use the same clay models on a different spot or island you think they will get still attack or still be able to fool the other lizards or types of animals?

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  65. Which islands were you in in this picture?

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  66. Mayra Martinez
    Hi mr.reedy were you catching lizards or leting them go.

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  67. Mr. Reedy I am really happy for those achievements. So how was your experience?

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  68. How was this your busiest day?

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  69. how many clay models did you find that were completely dastroyed

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  70. When are you going to start your classes at Northwestern?

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  71. What Islands did you go to?

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  72. alejandro delacruzApril 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    so how many lizards did u catch? n i hope u enjoy florida mr. reedy

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  73. How have you been so far?

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  74. when are you going to go back to the islands to check on the lizards and its population

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  75. so were all the fake lizards a success or some only?

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  76. How many lizards have been released on each island?

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  77. For the looks of it,it must be fun beeing on the islands lookinf and catching wild lizards. How many have been sent to this island shown in the picture?

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  78. while you were in florida how many islands did you go to all together ?

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  79. how did the lizards react to the new enviornment when you's let them out from the bags?

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  80. Did you catch over 850 lizards yet?

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  81. when are you going to go back to the island to check on the lizards and its populatin

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  82. How many lizards got tattoos?

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  83. What was the best part about being in florida the past two weeks?

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  84. How many needles were used for the tatts?

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  85. 1 did you get all 850 lizards?
    2 did you see any of them fight
    3 did any of them die while getting the tattoo

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  86. 1) Do you think the lizards are liking their new home?

    2) How did the lizards react when you dropped them off?

    3) After you dropped the lizards off how long did you stay on the island?

    4) How many of the lizrds were tatooed?

    5) Do you think it will be easy for the lizards to catch their prey?

    6) Do you think it will be hard for them to survive?

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  87. is the weather there inetfier with the expirement?

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  88. Do you think it will be easy for the lizards to catch their prey?
    Do you think the lizards are liking their new home?
    so were all the fake lizards a success or some only?
    Do you think if you use the same clay models on a different spot or island you think they will get still attack or still be able to fool the other lizards or types of animals?

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  89. what obstacles did you encounter when catching lizards or recording data?

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  90. 1.WHAT DO YOU PREDICT IS GOING TO BE THE RESULTS OF ALL YOUR EXPERIMENTS?
    2.WHATS WAS THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS TRIP?
    3.DID ANY LIZARDS DIE WHILE GETTING THE TATOO?
    4.WHAT WAS YOUT LEAST FAVORITE PART OF THIS TIRP?
    5. HOW MANY ISLANDS DID YOU GO TO?
    6. ARE YOU GOING BACK TO THE ISLANDS? IF SO WHEN?

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  91. what process did you have to take when tatooing the dewlaps?

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  92. what information from the clay models did you gather?

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  93. Did you put any of the clay models on the island to see what kind of problems they will face from predators?
    if so befor or after you released the lizards?

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  94. What do you do to the fake lizards that had been bitten by predators?

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  95. considering the lizards are fragile did getting their dewlaps tatooed kill any of them?

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  96. Mr. Reedy!

    Do you think the lizards will susrvive in a defferent enviornment?

    What happened to the clay modelss?

    Did any of them get really damaged?

    Do you think the lizards will mate?

    You went to 9 different islands?
    why soo many?

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  97. HOPE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENT IN THE NEWS AFTER TIME HAS PASS IN ORDER TO SEE WHAT REALLY DID HAPPEN.?

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  98. what outcome do you expect to find when you go back?

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  99. Did you divide the lizards by gender and all equally?

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  100. Mr.Reedy
    What kind of information did u gateher about the lizards?

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  101. will you replace the clay models that can no longer me used?

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  102. HOW MANY DID YOU FAR

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  103. do you tink that the lizards will survive in the islands?... and wath about the clay models wath are you doing with them? will you use the same ones when you go back?. do you tink the lizards are in any risk in those islands?...

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  104. gratz on your experiment goin well

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  105. With the tatoos, and the new environment, do you think the future offsprings, will have new and different genes?

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  106. I want to answer a question or 2. I am still astounded by your great response to this project. I think this might be a new way of doing things for scientists and high schools.

    1) Did we ever do anything for fun?
    Only a little bit. We went swimming twice and we went out for dinner 3 times. Unfortunately that was all we did for fun in 2 straight weeks. Next time we are not going to try to pack quite that much into 2 weeks. 835 lizards in 2 weeks on nine islands. That was insane!

    2)Do you think the lizards will survive?
    Yes, I do. They have plenty of space, trees for climbing and insects to eat out on the islands. I think they will do well. Our biggest worry is a flood because we know that is probably what happened in the recent past to clear the lizards off the islands.

    3)This is to Itzel's question- Yes, I do think that in facing these new pressures, natural selection is going to start working on this population's genes. It will be really cool if we can detect differences in only a couple of seasons. Evolution is usually thought of as being slow, but evidence shows us that if the environment changes rapidly it can lead to rapid evolution.

    However, I'm not sure how much effect the tattoos will have since a tattoo can't be passed to your offspring.

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  107. Your experiment with Dr. Warner will be a success. You are truly a scientist. You bring excitement to zoology class everyday with new stuffs. ^.^

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  108. Elizabeth Tellez: Zoology: 3rd PeiodApril 26, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Wow that is a great turn-out of lizards. There will so much data to be collected which is great.

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  109. how many clay models did you collect at the end?

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  110. Wow! your experiment is amazing and I'm sure all of your research will help new enthusiastic scientists like you and Dr. Warner in the future

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  111. I really hope u guys had fun

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  112. this might seem weird, but why such odd numbers? sorry for asking, and also, are there other types of animals that can might be a threat on the island? like snakes or scorpions or something?

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  113. Adolfo- Not a wierd question at all. The number of lizards we used is based on keeping all of the population densities the same on all of our islands since the islands were not all the same size. We multiplied the total area (in square meters) of each island by our desired population density (0.6 lizards per square meter)and that is how we came up with the number of lizards to be released on each island.

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  114. Elizabeth TellezMay 15, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    When it comes time to collect the data, will everyone in your team help collect the data?

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  115. Yes, when we go back to collect data on reproductive success in August and October, Dan, Alexis and I will all be going. We will also most likely be taking some students from Harvard and Iowa State with us to help. We just applied for a grant with National Geographic asking them to support our project. If we get the grant, that will allow us to bring more students and collect data more frequently. Competition for the grant is strong so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

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