Sarah Wenner from California State University, California – Study the delineation and maintenance of conservation units of P. blainvillii in urban Southern California. Results will help determine how to guide management efforts to preserve or restore genetic diversity and connectivity for this species.
Hannah Richards from Midwestern State University, Texas – Study the horned lizard diet efficiency to better understand how prey other than the harvester ant could take the place or supplement the ant diet. The study will make predictions on evolution of nutrition adaptability with the decline of the harvester ant and increased nutrition coming from other prey.
Dusty Rhoads from Texas Christian University, Texas – Determine the importance to geographic color pattern adaptation to the role of crypsis and survival. The study will analyze the effect of color of stripe to grasses, width of grasses correlated to the width of the lizard stripe, and orientation of the lizard with the grasses.
Chris Valdez from the Houston Zoo, Texas – Assess the habitat and herpetological diversity on the Katy Prairie to determine potential release of captive-raised Texas horned lizards (P. cornutum).
Congratulations to these horned lizard researchers! We are looking forward to hearing more about their results in our newsletter.