2018 Anolis Symposium


The Seventh Anolis symposium will be held from March 17-18, 2018 at the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami, Florida. The aim of the symposium is to bring together Anolis biologists from diverse backgrounds to share their excitement and discoveries for these marvelous lizards. In this symposium, we hope to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations of people working with anoles and to broaden our general understanding of their biology and natural history. Miami was chosen not only for its spectacular anole diversity but because of its ready access to anolologists living outside of mainland United States.  The cost of registration is $100 USD and includes all registration fees, entrance to the gardens, lunch and coffee breaks each day, as well as a dinner reception Saturday evening.

Presentations and the VII Anolis Newsletter

Attendees will have the opportunity to present their research to the community during seminar sessions on Saturday and Sunday and a poster session Saturday evening. Those interested in presenting their work should indicate the topic category and title when they register for the meeting.

In addition to oral and poster presentations, as per tradition, we will be publishing the 7th Anolis Newsletter. Submissions will be open to all articles presenting novel viewpoints, perspectives, observations, or data, on Anolis biology, and publication of an article in the newsletter is not contingent on it being presented at the symposium. The newsletter is NOT a peer reviewed publication.


Within the confines of the USA, south Florida is an ideal place to host a meeting for anole enthusiasts! Over the past 100 years, eight species of Caribbean anoles have joined one native species in becoming established in the region. All symposium events will be held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens [map], which is home to a diverse community of exotic lizards, including six (!) species of anoles (read more about them here and on Anole Annals here!). This meeting will be held on the weekend of March 17-18th 2018, which broadly overlaps with at least one weekend of the Spring Break holiday for most US schools, and does not conflict with any other major meetings. We hope that this will facilitate good attendance!

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, 17 March 2018 Sunday, 18 March 2018
9:30am Welcome & Seminar Session 9:30am Seminar Session
10:30am Coffee Break 10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am Seminar Session 11:00am Seminar Session
12:00pm Lunch 12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Seminar Session 1:00pm Seminar Session
2:30pm Coffee Break 2:30pm Coffee Break
3:00pm Seminar Session 3:00pm Seminar Session
5:00pm Poster Session 4:30pm Closing Remarks
6:00pm Dinner Reception


Lodging & Transportation

Attendees are responsible to arrange their own lodging and transportation. There are many hotels, Air B&B, and VRBO rentals in the vicinity of Fairchild. A few nearby hotels are listed below. Lodging options within walking distance to the gardens are rare, so attendees should plan to travel via public transit, rental car, or private taxi/rideshare (yellow taxis are generally unreliable, however Uber and Lyft work excellently and are abundantly available in Miami).
See the Fairchild Garden visitor information page for more detailed information on directions. If planning to arrive by public transport, click here to find route details –  be sure to let the bus driver know that you want to get off at the Fairchild entrance as the route passes right by but there is not a designated stop. Departure bus stop is located by the Visitor Entrance on Old Cutler Road.
Best Miami Hotel
FYI: The Best Miami Hotel is now known as the Rodeway Inn South Miami
(Greg Mayer informs us that www.booking.com offers slightly cheaper rates!)
Telephone number is still the same: (305) 667-6664
Hampton Inn Miami Dadeland
Miami Marriot Dadeland
(305) 670-1035
Aloft Miami Dadeland


We are holding an open competition for the design of the symposium T-shirts (Anole Annals post coming soon). Once selected, T-shirts will be available only via pre-order from Nijin Apparel and will be distributed at the symposium.