Flooded sinkhole reveals ice age island ecology

Thanks to Janet Franklin for this guest post! A really amazing research program.

A paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA reports the richest set of late Pleistocene (ice age) vertebrates found on any Caribbean island to date (Abaco Scientist will post the pdf when it is available, but for now some popular media accounts here and […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:10-05:00 October 20th, 2015|Categories: Blue Holes, Fossils|Comments Off on Flooded sinkhole reveals ice age island ecology

Climate Change and Biodiversity – What can we learn from birds on islands?

Thanks to Janet Franklin for this guest post on their recent paper!  Really interesting to think back through these historical changes.

During the last Ice Age, the islands of the Bahamas were cooler, drier, and much larger than today because sea level was over 100 m lower.  The Bahamas also were much closer to the Greater Antillean islands of Cuba […]

By | 2014-10-08T12:50:19-05:00 October 8th, 2014|Categories: Birds, Blue Holes, Caves, Fossils|1 Comment

Shrinking conch: size-selective harvest and rapid evolutionary change

 

1748-9326_8_1_015016 Figure 1. Growth of Strombus pugilis, and measures of size and maturity used in this study. (g) is an example of a large mature animal from contemporary populations, while (h) is one of the larger animals from Prehuman populations, exemplifying the shift in size due to human […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:50-05:00 March 30th, 2014|Categories: Archaeology, Conch, economy, Food, Fossils, Invertebrates|Comments Off on Shrinking conch: size-selective harvest and rapid evolutionary change

Gilpin Point paper is published

Gilpin Point 1

This year at ASAC, Dr. David Steadman gave a presentation on the latest research at Gilpin Point, Abaco. As luck would have it, our paper on the Gilpin Point study was published today in THE HOLOCENE.  Details after the jump…

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By | 2017-12-01T14:03:12-05:00 January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Archaeology, Birds, Endangered species, Fossils, Geology, Global change, herpetology, Invertebrates, Plants, Turtles, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Gilpin Point paper is published

Long Term Perspective on Plant and Animal Life in The Bahamas, a Talk at Rand Nature Center

Bahamas caracara skull pictured in The National Geographic article from 2007 Bahamas caracara skull pictured in The National Geographic article from 2007

This Wednesday (10/3) at 7 PM Dr. David Steadman and Dr. Janet Franklin will be presenting their research on how fossils from Blue holes enrich our understanding of natural […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:03:36-05:00 September 30th, 2013|Categories: Blue Holes, Caves, Current Events, Education, Fossils|Comments Off on Long Term Perspective on Plant and Animal Life in The Bahamas, a Talk at Rand Nature Center