Ann V. Paterson
Ph.D. Dissertation: Relationships in territorial neighborhoods: factors influencing
interactions in a lizard, Anolis sagrei.
Advisor: Dr. Marion Preest

M.S. Thesis: Effects of resource distributions on movement patterns and space use
by the bark anole, Anolis distichus.
Advisor: Dr. Marion Preest

Undergraduate independent research: Scanning electron microscope analysis of pollen
loads carried by worker honey bees (Apis mellifera).
Advsior: Dr. James Sidie
Major fields of research interest
Animal behavior, herpetology, ecology (particularly interactions between territorial neighbors, individual recognition, communication/signalling, foraging behavior, effects of memory and learning abilities on behavior)

I am a behavioral ecologist with a particular interest in social interactions in territorial neighborhoods.  In other words, I'm interested in knowing how animals work out social relationships.  Most of my research uses the brown anole lizard (Anolis sagrei).  These lizards are sometimes sold in pet stores under a variety of names, such as "Bahama anoles."  They communicate using visual displays in much the same way that birds communicate using song.  They extend a brightly colored throatfan (called a dewlap).  Additionally, they use "headbob" displays to communicate.  If you'd like to see examples of these headbob displays, click on the links below.
Nodding displayBobbing display

Publications (all pdf files provided with permission of the publishers)
McMann, S. and A.V. Paterson. 2012. Display behavior of resident brown anoles (Anolis
sagrei) during close encounters with neighbors and non-neighbors.
Herpetological Conservation and Biology 7(1):27-37.
Tokarz, R.R., A.V. Paterson, and S. McMann. 2005. An experimental test of the importance
of displaying the dewlap in male mating success in free-ranging brown anoles (Anolis
sagrei). Journal of Herpetology 39:174-177. [pdf]
Paterson, A.V., and S. McMann.  2004. Differential headbob displays towards neighbors
and nonneighbors in the territorial lizard Anolis sagrei. Journal of Herpetology
38:288-291. [pdf]
Tokarz, R.R., A.V. Paterson, and S. McMann. 2003. A laboratory and field test of the
functional significance of the male’s dewlap in the lizard Anolis sagrei. Copeia
2003:502-511. [pdf with permission from ASIH]
McMann, S. and A.V. Paterson. 2003. Effects of capture, observer presence, and captivity
on display behavior in a lizard. Journal of Herpetology 37:538-540. [pdf]
McMann, S. and A.V. Paterson.  2003. The relationship between location and displays in
a territorial lizard. Journal of Herpetology 37:414-416. [pdf]
Paterson, A.V. 2002. Effects of an individual’s removal on space use and behavior in
territorial neighborhoods of brown anoles (Anolis sagrei). Herpetologica
58(3):382-393. [pdf]
Nicholson, K.E., A.V. Paterson, and P.M. Richards. 2000. Anolis sagrei (brown anole)
cannibalism. Herpetological Review 31(3):173-174.
Paterson, A.V. 1999. Effects of prey availability on perch height of female bark anoles,
Anolis distichus. Herpetologica 55:242-247.
Paterson, A.V. 1998. A new capture technique for arboreal lizards. Herpetological Review
Manuscripts in preparation
Paterson, A.V. Effects of social instability on interactions in an artificial territorial
neighborhood of brown anoles, Anolis sagrei.
Paterson, A.V. Long-range movement by bark anoles, Anolis distichus.
Paterson, A.V. and K. E. Nicholson.  The effects of tail autotomy on territory establishment
by brown anoles (Anolis sagrei).
Student Projects
Anolis distichus
Anolis distichus
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