Speaking of cover photos…


…here is my first—a tropical house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia) that I photographed in Campinas, Brazil this past January. The photo (originally from my post Brazil Bugs #5 – Lagartixa) was selected for the cover of the October 2011 issue of Ecology and Evolution, having been used by Kristen H. Short and Kenneth Petren (with my permission) for their article, Multimodal dispersal during the range expansion of the tropical house gecko Hemidactylus mabouia.

Although it’s exciting to have that first cover photo under my belt, I find it mildly ironic that it’s not a beetle, insect, or even invertebrate!

Copyright © Ted C. MacRae 2011

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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11 Responses to Speaking of cover photos…

  1. Congrat’s Ted! I know how it feels… 🙂

  2. Alex Wild says:

    Congratulations, Ted- I’m sure this will be the first of many!

  3. Henry (Rob) Robison says:

    WOW! A cover shot of a vertebrate! Nice work! Things are starting to really roll for you my friend! Keep up the great work!

  4. Roxane Magnus says:

    That’s awesome!! Congrats!

  5. biobabbler says:

    Sweet! =) Nice work.

  6. Dave says:

    Hey Ted, congratulations. My first journal cover (TREE) was for a paper of my wife’s, so I can share some irony. And come to think of it, although I’ve had a number of journal cover pictures in my discipline, they’ve never been for one of my papers! It is a bit embarassing to be better known for your images than your science. Watch out that doesn’t happen to you with Cicindela (and just to be technical, isn’t your Cicindela cover September vs E&E’s October?).

  7. Thanks all!

    Dave – I think I’m inclined to accept fame and fortune in whatever manner it comes (legal, that is). The Cicindela cover says September, but the issue didn’t mail until November so E&E – issued in October – takes the honor.

  8. david winter says:

    Nice Ted,

    I’ve actually been staring at this photo for the last week or so. Am writing a manuscript to submit to one of the “parent journals” for Ecology and Evolution, and have been using a colleague’s paper from this issue as a guide for style and how to describe some of the slightly odd statistics we’ve both used. I should have recognised that cover photo, but didn’t click ’till now!

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