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Ellee Cook receives award for research poster

Aug. 21, 2015

The image show Elle Cook standing in a field. She is holding a stick with dental floss hanging off one end. She's using the device to try to "noose" a lizard.

Ellee Cook catching lizards in the field.

Ellee Cook, a graduate student working with Dr. Manuel Leal, was a winner of the Victor Hutchinson Student Poster Competition during the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles in August. Her poster was honored in the “Ecology, Natural History, Distribution, and Behavior” category.

For her doctoral research, Cook studies the behavior of female Anolis lizards. She is particularly interested in how females choose and keep quality habitat, an understudied subject in biology. Among male anoles, territory size – the geographical area a lizard defends from conspecifics – is linked to body size. Generally, the bigger you are, the bigger your territory. But is the same true for female anoles? This is the question tackled by Cook in her award-winning poster, “Is bigger always better? Evaluating individual differences in territorial behavior among female Anolis gundlachi lizards.”

a woman with long hair wearing a blue sun dress standing outside

Ellee Cook

The award, which includes a cash prize and a book gift from CRC Press, is based on the quality of the research, the visual presentation of the research, and the professionalism and confidence of the presenter.

“I am positive that this is the first recognition–of many more to come–of Ellee’s research addressing territoriality in female anoles,” said Leal, who is Cook’s primary graduate advisor.

Congratulations, Ellee!

Related research strengths:
Ecology, Evolution
Related categories:
Awards, Graduate Studies