October 2011

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    Conservation Biology in Namibia

    Namibia is located on the Atlantic coast between South Africa and Angola, and for five years my fellow instructors and I from The University of Arizona have been taking 8 – 13 undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of different majors to Namibia as part of a six-week conservation biology class. Why Namibia? More

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    Why Do We Do What We Do?

    Why do we keep geckos? Paint? Write lyrics? Or poetry? Why do we have this compunction to have hobbies? The answer is not that simple, but one writer, Thomas Moore, has given me some insights I’d like to share with you. If you don’t want to take this philosophical journey, and this IS a philosophical journey, abort this mission now. More

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    Hemidactylus imbricatus: A Gecko of Many Names

    Originally known as Teratolepis fasciata, the genus Teratolepis was abolished due to the fact that the whole genus consisted of only two geckos: Teratolepis fasciata and Teratolepis albofasciatus. Teratolepis was originally established by Gunther in1869 because he considered them to have a ‘bizarre scalation’. Recently, in 2008, they were reclassified by Bauer as Hemidactylus imbricatus commonly called the “viper gecko”. More