As part of our field research, members of the A.P.E. lab occasionally stumble on a novel observation worthy of a published ‘natural history note’. Here, we note the observation of tail bifurcation in the western skink, Plestiodon skiltonianus:
Great Basin ecosystem
The A.P.E. lab is part of a larger team at UNR investigating the population genetics and demography of the pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) in the Great Basin.
Thousands of acres of pinyon and juniper woodlands (PJ) will be removed over the next four years to support targeted wildlife populations, notably Greater sage-grouse. We are investigating the effects of PJ removal on insect communities and the bats and reptile species that rely upon them using a rigorous experimental design. Insects can serve as useful indicators of natural disturbances, provide critical pollination services, and represent a major wildlife food resource for many species,…