Member since: January 10, 2012
My name is Russell Ligon and I am a PhD student at Arizona State University. I have always been fascinated by animal behavior and it is my great fortune to be able to study behavior as my job. My work and interests dovetail nicely with those of my advisor, Dr. Kevin McGraw, a biochemist and behavioral ecologist interested primarily in animal coloration.
In addition to myself, the "Chameleon Crew" at ASU consists of several talented, and incredibly intelligent, undergraduate students: Kristen McCartney, Sarah Bruemmer, and Megan Best. Kristen is finishing her honor's thesis on the role of antioxidants in chameleon immune function. Sarah is exploring the existence of, and factors effecting, chameleon 'personalities.' Megan is developing a project to uncover the role of particular pattern elements in chameleon visual displays. Additionally, all member of the CC are actively engaged in chameleon husbandry and care, as well as answering the questions about the role of colors and hormones in visual displays.