The Anegada Iguana Conservation Program

Event Date

March 7, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures

Program Information

Time: First Tuesday of each month, 12-1pm

Location: BRIT Commons

Cost: Free, Open to the Public

Point of Contact

Alyssa B. Young

Research Manager and Special Collections Librarian

Animals are important seed dispersers for many species of plants and can have enormous impact on plant populations and community compositions. Lizards (as a group) are becoming recognized as an important group of frugivores or fruit eaters. Interestingly, of the 280 documented species of frugivorous lizards, 174 live exclusively on islands. Islands typically have high density of lizards, low density of arthropods (the primary diet of most lizards), and very little predation. These island conditions force lizards to expand their trophic niche by exploiting available resources: fruit being an important one.

Anegada is the second largest island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) (39 km2). This unique environment is home to the critically endangered Anegada iguana (Cyclura pinguis). The population has suffered an estimated 80% decline since the late 1960s due to the effects of invasive species. Equally threatened is the tropical dry forest habitat found on Anegada. The Anegada iguana is dependent on its tropical dry forest habitat, given its herbivorous diet, but it is less understood how this species maintains its habitat through seed dispersal.

Kelly Bradley will summarize the history of the Anegada iguana conservation program, and highlight her research into the relationship between the iguana and the plant species that make up its habitat on Anegada, with particular focus on rare and threatened plant species.

About Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars.