Last year, Patty Brennan and I were part of the SciFund Challenge – an experiment in crowdfunding scientific research that raised over $75,000 for its projects in just 45 days. RocketHub, our hosting platform, clearly took note: it added “Science” to its overall list of project categories, so appeals to support dance, music or photography will now sit alongside requests to fund projects in plant genetics or primatology. And I was delighted to learn that one of the first scientists to step up to the plate is doing some fantastic functional morphology.
Christopher Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Florida, where he studies how temperature affects how chameleons feed. He’d like to learn how different species of chameleon have adapted to living in hot and cold habitats, but since many of these animals are protected and can’t be brought into the United States, he’s raising money to bring his study to them.
He’s already raised enough cash to fund his experiments in South Africa, but further donations will let him take the study to other countries. His RocketHub link is <here>, and there's still a couple of weeks left to donate.