Richard K. Simpson

Monthly Archives: July 2015

In some very exciting news, I will be helping a nature documentary crew film hummingbird displays for PBS Nature! It started several months ago when Ann Prum, producer of Coneflower Studios, contacted me about filming broad-tailed hummingbird displays. She wanted to film the whole life history of broad-tailed hummingbirds from courtship to nesting to fledging, and I was to help elicit male dive and shuttle displays. Ann had previously worked with my Ph.D…. Read More

Before I came back to Tempe after our family reunion, I spent a couple days in South Carolina and was able to tour a bit of Charleston. Charleston is a very historical city with a lot of revolutionary and civil war history. While in Charleston, I visited a nearby historic plantation area with my family, called Middleton Place. There are several preserved plantations around Charleston, each offering something unique, and the special… Read More

Here is part 2 of my recent trip to the Bahamas! Our second stop on the cruise was at the island Grand Bahama, which contains the city Freeport. Now Freeport is a very unique city, because it is a privately owned city. I believe it is the only privately owned city in the world, but don’t quote me on it. However, we did not visit Freeport at all during our trip off… Read More

I just returned from a great family reunion in the Bahamas. Originally I was going to make this one post, but it started getting a little long, so I decided to split it into two. Our family went on a short Carnival cruise, which stopped at Nassau, on New Providence island, and Freeport, on Grand Bahama island. We also had two busy but relaxing days at sea, where we were able to enjoy… Read More

While I was doing my work on black-chinned hummingbirds, I was fortunate to share the field station with two awesome research crews studying lizards. The first crew, consisting of Anthony Gilbert, a graduate student from Ohio University, and his field assistant Cassie Thompson, who recently finished her undergraduate at OU, are studying ornate tree lizard (below) color polymorphism (when individuals in a single species are colored differently) and climate change. The other crew… Read More