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Student Posters exhibit

Depth of Field exhibit

Of Lice and Men exhibit

Explore Research

Student Posters

On a semester basis, each division within the museum is invited to display posters representative of its students' research in a display case outside Dickinson hall. In the fall of 2012, graduate students in the Mammals division developed an exhibit displaying ongoing research projects using collection resources. This exhibit enables each division to showcase projects facilitated by its collection and encourages public interest in research museums.

student posters exhibit

Using Ecological Niche Models to Explore Niche Evolution on West Indian Bats

Author: J. Angel Soto-Centeno, PhD candidate, Department of Biology (Zoology).

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Reevaluating the Status of Mazama deer from Pearl Islands, Panama

Author: Ty Christian, Undergraduate student and Jorge L. Pino, PhD candidate, Department of Biology (Zoology).

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Geographic Diversity of Pediculus humanus across the Americas

Authors: Jackie Fane, Undergraduate, Department of Biology (Zoology). Marina S. Ascunce, Post Doc, Florida Museum. Gebreyes Kassu, Undergraduate. Ariel Toloza, Centro de Investigaciones de Plagas e Insecticidas, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maria I. Piccolo, Centro de Investigaciones de Plagas e Insecticidas, Buenos Aires, Argentina. David L. Reed, Associate Curator of Mammals, Florida Museum.

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Integrative Biology of Acoustic Communication in Neotropical Singing Mice

Authors: Bret Pasch, PhD candidate, Department of Biology (Zoology) Polly Campbell, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona Steven M. Phelps, Section of Integrative Biology, University of Texas.

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Depth of Field

An NSF CAREER grant awarded to Dr. David Reed provided the funding to purchase a high-resolution imaging station for photographing specimens used in research. This custom built camera can take very hi-res images of specimens as small as a louse or as large as a whale skull. The images are used for both research and for documenting the specimens in the collections at the Florida Museum. The camera was so successful and widely used that the Museum put together an exhibit called "Depth of Field" that highlights the camera itself and images that were taken with it. The exhibit is a flat, 2-D installation in the Galleria of Powell Hall, the Museum's public exhibit building. After its run in 2013 the images will be available for display in other venues.

Faculty and staff from Mammalogy share their thoughts:

David Reed

"It's remarkable that a creature so reviled as the louse can tell us so much about our own evolutionary past."
– David Reed

Marina S. Ascunce

"Genotyping 1,000 lice worldwide will allow us to reveal the past evolutionary history of modern humans, Neanderthals and probably Homo erectus in one shot."
– Marina Ascunce

Bret Boyd

"Human lice are uniquely suited to life as parasites and are only found on humans. Because of this intimate relationship the genome of lice has acted like a data recorder for human evolution."
– Bret Boyd

Explore Research: Bats in the Caribbean

The Florida Museum has produced dozens of videos for their series "Explore Research," which highlights research done at The University of Florida. The Museum serves as a conduit to disseminate highly technical university-based research to the public in a language they can understand. Explore Research is an area of the Museum's public exhibits that has been built just for this purpose. Each video, along with a 3-dimensional exhibit, runs for several months and can be seen by Museum visitors for free. The video below is a video that we produced with the Museum about our research in the Caribbean. It features Ph.D. candidate Angelo Soto-Centeno.

Bats in the Caribbean | Explore Research Video

Primate DNA tells us about the history of an African rainforest | Explore Research Video

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