Monday, July 30, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Finale


We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Snakes come in a ton of colors, like our pixel art coral snake here. And coding these colors technologically? It's hard. Really hard. But people are trying to do it, so hopefully a searchable database of snakes can be created! Cool.

Talk: P. Uetz: Color patterns in snakes

Thanks for an awesome conference! Hopefully we'll be in Snowbird for the next one.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 13


We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Apparently one of the newer ways to represent the confusing glory of phylogenetic trees is diagrams showing clades as connecting pipes. And when you use these with snakes...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 12

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.


This isn't a talk-related doodle, just an illustration of the ongoing rivalry between Team Fish and Team Herp which has been going strong as long as JMIH itself and Aqua Blue, our resident aquatic herp, being caught in the crossfire.

Friday, July 27, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 11



We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

One side effect of the ongoing evolutionary arms race between newts becoming more toxic and snakes becoming more resistant to those toxins is that some snakes will bite into newts they can't handle and attempt to eat them for up to an hour before giving up. After the snake gives up, the newt gets up and walks away and the snake learns not to eat newts.

Talk: E. Brodie: Newts and the snakes that eat them

Thursday, July 26, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 10



We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

We already know some Asian natricine snakes store toxins from toads they eat to use in self defense. But now we know that some other tetrapods do similar things! Hedgehogs will self-anoint with toad toxins to make their spikes even more dangerous and some snakes that primarily eat worms will also preferentially eat toxic firefly larvae to store their toxins.

Talk:A. Savitsky: Anointed and Sequestered: Diverse Sources of Defensive Cardiotonic Steroids in Tetrapods

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 9

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Amphibians will change their laying and brumation cycles in response to changes in temperature. In short, amphibians believe in climate change. Do you?

Talk: B. Brodman: Do Amphibians Believe in Climate Change:The tale of research and Nature interpretation in the National Parks

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 8

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Baby Timber Rattlesnakes will try to follow their mother's scent trails as best as they can to find denning sites- but this is influenced by the substrate. They can't find her very easily on burnt leaf litter.

Talk: Christopher Howey- Substrate type affects scent-trailing behavior of timber rattlesnakes

Monday, July 23, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 7

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Male Burmese Pythons placed in a Y-maze roughly similar to the drawing will preferentially follow scent trails from females as opposed to male or mixed scent trails. Not surprising, really, but still interesting.

Talk: Shannon Richard- Scent trailing behavior in male Burmese pythons

Sunday, July 22, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 6

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

On a beach resort lot in 2016, male Eastern Australian Water Dragons were much less territorial than they were in 2009, mostly due to less vegetation cover. So someone tell Fred he needs to chill about his gym.

Talk: Troy Baird - I Can See You Now: Influence of Vegetative Cover on the Social Dynamics of Male Eastern Australian Water Dragons.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 5

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Little brown skinks can learn to go to a hide marked by vertical or horizontal lines-but not to go to the left or right side of a paper towel tube.

Talk: Mark Paulissen-Does the Little Brown Skink, Scincella lateralis, Use Positional Cues for Spatial Learning?

Friday, July 20, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 4

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.
Boldness is a stable trait in box turtles, manifesting right out of the egg! And how was this tested? With a raccoon puppet and a bag. Trust me, it makes sense in context.

Talk: Brad Carlson-Box Turtle Boldness is a Consistent Personality Trait Across Years, Age Classes, and Assay Conditions.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 3

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

Sea turtles vocalize! A lot! They talk in the egg before hatching, they talk when scurrying down to the ocean after hatching, they talk in the ocean, and they talk when coming back to the beach to lay eggs.

Talk: Richard C. Vogt-Vocalizations in Seaturtles

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 2

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

This isn't actually a talk-related doodle, it's just a cute and angery rattlesnek.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

#JMIH18 - Doodles|Part 1

We went to JMIH 2018! It was great! But instead of doing a conference writeup, we're going to show off some of the coolest sessions the only way we know how-cute doodles.

The first session we have a doodle for is a plenary on some conservation success stories near Rochester, NY, this year's venue, featuring these 3 notable species:
And what is helping these animals? Research, reintroduction, and...public outreach and citizen science. Ooooohhh yeaaaah.

Talk: J. Wyatt-Ichs &Herps Renewing Community Pride & Stewardship of the Environment


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sweet Grapevine and the Cheer Team:1

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In this arc, Sweet Grapevine wants to join a cheer team...but will she get more than she bargained for?