The identity of Ctenoblepharys

Versión en español aquí! Taxonomy is the study that reflects the obsession of humans for classifying everything. However, its utility is undeniable. The evolutionary relationships revealed through a correct taxonomic evaluation can help to answer several questions in respect to traits and behaviors showed by different species. Within tropidurines, the sub-family Liolaemidae is probably the…

God gave me, God took away from me

Versión en español aquí! Two years ago God allowed me to get accepted in a master’s program to study evolutionary biology. He also gave my parents the possibility to pay for the program (I didn’t have a scholarship). It was, literally, a miracle from the financial point of view. God gave me the strength to…

My Structure experience (I)

Cover image obtained from Puechmaille 2016 Versión en español aquí! To work on something that is not what you like the most is definitely among the hardest things in this life, but it might sometimes (or maybe just once in a lifetime) be good. I’m about to finish the second and last thesis of this…

Microlophus: Who’s taking care of the lava lizards?

cover picture by Flickr user claumoho Versión en español aquí! I took my first steps as an evolutionary biologist studying some very common coastal lizards. As I already wrote in previous posts, these lizards belong to the genus Microlophus. As I probably also mentioned before, it’s highly probable that every young herpetologist from Lima will have…