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    Yeah Mike, I hear ya on that one. When I was working in a Lab at Duke University...we were doing genetic barcoding for bacteria/algae in Urban/Agricultural streams (74 of them).
    There are actually disposable kits that you can buy for around $100.00 where you can extract the DNA. You just need lab facilities to read/print the data.
    Down the hall from my laboratory, there were big posters with DNA data for panther chameleons throughout Madagascar. I never got to talk to those people, but wished I had.

    If I had posted on here two weeks ago, I would have remembered exactly what Bill's reasoning was...
    I think it was more of a combination of things...Madagascar politics being the main obstacle.
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    Looking for: 1.0 P.v-nigra v-nigra, P.madagascariensis, P. guimbeaui

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    I don't know what I was thinking when I said I didn't have the equipment in my lab. I actually do, however, there's still that issue hovering about: money to get there, then money to run the samples. But thenagain even if I had the money, I'm not really interested in butting into Bauer and Raxworthy's territory (especially seeing as my knowledge gap remains).
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    Time for me to revive this thread after five years of inactivity.

    I am leaving for fieldwork in northern Madagascar on the 8th of December. I would be happy to take a UV meter with me, and gather some data on any and all Uroplatus specimens I come across (which will hopefully be numerous).

    I am likely to encounter U. cf. ebenaui, U. sikorae, and U. henkeli on this trip. My next trips will probably take me to Marojejy, Montagne d'Ambre, Ranomafana, Andasibe, Masoala and Makira, so cumulativley over the next few years I may be able to gather all of the data you guys are looking for.

    If you are happy for me to take the UV meter on this trip, it would be my pleasure.

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    Go for it, Mark. First hand UV info on the species you mention will be valuable.

    Good wishes for your doctorate studies. Is your trip part of them?
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    It would be great if you could deliver that information, Mark, i'm sure those readings will be helpfull to a lot of leaftail enthousiasts.

    Wish you a wonderfull trip, and hope you may find lot's of them.

    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Good wishes for your doctorate studies. Is your trip part of them?
    Kind of, yeah

    Cheers,
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    Alright, everyone. If we get mobilized on this quickly enough, we can make sure Mark has a UVB meter to gather some data. That means we need people to come through with their pledges, and they need to do it fast.

    The question is: how do we do this? Suggest Mark use or create a paypal account so we can all donate? Time is of the utmost importance here. We need to collect the donations and get them to Mark with enough time that the meter will be shipped to him in time. Can we do this?! I hope so!
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    Good news folks! Markus Roesch has sent me his UV meter for me to take along on my trip! I'll be able to gather data this year on a few Uroplatus species (and some other geckos). In the future, it might be good to have a project UV meter, but at least for now, borrowing Markus' is a good solution.

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    Hello , newbie here, I am quite curious if the trip took place and if any readings were taken?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 50wyldeman View Post
    Hello , newbie here, I am quite curious if the trip took place and if any readings were taken?
    Welcome aboard!

    I wonder how Mark's trip went too.
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