The idea for GeckoWatch sprung from a group of collaborating scientists who want to understand the fine-scale distribution of introduced geckos across the continental United States as the first crucial step in studying what factors of gecko biology make them successful colonizers across diverse climates (see list of core team institutions below; and to learn more about the goals of GeckoWatch, check out the About page).

To do this, they needed the help of many institutions around the country to inspire their visitors, students, and staff to become community scientists and participate in this process of discovery. This project would not be possible without their dedication and support. 

GeckoWatch Partners

Alabama Museum of Natural History, University of Alabama
Auburn University Natural History Museum and Learning Center

Arizona Museum of Natural History
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ

California Academy of Sciences
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
San Diego Natural History Museum

Florida Museum of Natural History
Tallahassee Museum

Zoo Atlanta
Georgia Museum of Natural History
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science

Las Vegas Natural History Museum

New Mexico
Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

North Carolina
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

South Carolina
South Carolina State Museum

Texas A&M, Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections
The University of Texas at Austin, Biodiversity Center
University of Texas, Arlington Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center

GeckoWatch core team institutions

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - Greg Pauly
California State University, Northridge - Robert Espinoza and Jeanne Robertson
Villanova University - Aaron Bauer
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo - Heather Liwanag