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ANNUAL REPORT 2010-2011
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The Florida Museum of Natural History houses more than 34
million scientific specimens. The collections include field notes,
photographs, databases, and libraries that complement the
irreplaceable scientific value of the specimens themselves. Most
of the Museum’s ever-growing collections of plants, animals, fossils
and artifacts rank among the top 10 nationally and internationally.
The Museum’s Collections and Research Division had an
outstanding year during 2010-2011. While its main focus is Florida,
the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, the Florida
Museum’s many research projects span the globe--including
work in 33 countries last year. Museum researchers brought in
more than $4.58 million in new grants and contracts to support
field and laboratory research, collections and education ranging
from pre-K to the postdoctoral level.
Among many others, exciting new projects include research
on the evolution and ecology of plants and animals on tropical
islands, the evolution and early diversification of mammals after
the extinction of dinosaurs, and the production, trade and social
implications of prehistoric American Indian pottery. These projects
support and educate students from the University of Florida and
around the world, as part of our commitment to train the next
generation of scientists.
The Museum also received the largest grant in its more-than-100-
year history: $10 million over five years from the National Science
Foundation to improve access to the nation’s biological collections.
The Museum is leading the
Advancing Digitization of Biological
Collections
initiative with the UF College of Engineering and Florida
State University. The award establishes
iDigBio
, a national center for
digitization at the Museum and UF.
Marine Malacology curator Gustav Paulay photographed this Puget Sound king
crab,
Lopholithodes mandtii
, during a recent research expedition.
collections
and
research
Ichthyology graduate assistant Felipe Carvalho,
who is researching Blue Sharks, displays maps
indicating the species’ population distribution.