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Museum Voices is an opportunity for staff and graduate students to share their experiences with the world. The blogs may be run by individuals or entire labs or departments. Each has a unique perspective, and combined, the voices weave a colorful picture of museum life and discovery. Come see what we’re up to and join the conversation!

Recent Posts:

Berkeley Visit

From: Blue Rim Paleobotany

I spent last week visiting the paleobotanical collections at the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) on the Berkeley campus. The collections include many specimens that are very similar in age to my Blue Rim material, including the specimens collected and published by H.D. MacGinitie in the 1960s and 1970s. MacGinitie (1896-1987), an influential […]

Pam and Doug featured on the In Defense of Plants podcast

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

While visiting a field site for the Dimensions of Biodiversity project in North Carolina, Pam and Doug were interviewed for the InDefenseofPlants.com podcast on Building the Angiosperm Tree of Life. Check out the podcast: http://www.indefenseofplants.com/podcast/2016/6/19/ep-61-building-the-angiosperm-tree-of-life

Killer 75-Foot Killer Sharks Might Be Trying to Kill You

From: Webology

In the normal course of our day, we read a lot of stuff. We filter through a lot of articles and other site’s publications about us and our material, or even trending topics that we specialize in. It helps to be plugged in and up to date on what people are talking about, because sometimes […]

Participation in Peru’s 10th National Ornithology Congress

From: Avian Ecology and Community Assembly in Fragmented Cloud Forests of the Peruvian Andes

Peru’s 10th National Ornithological Congress was held in the lovely Andean city of Chachapoyas where our research is based. It was a fine week presenting on our project, Aves del Bosque Montano Peruano, meeting old and new friends, and enjoying an impressive slate of keynote speakers, including Tom Schulenberg, lead author of the Birds of […]

Crooked Island

From: Changing Plant and Animal Communities of the Bahamas

In March of 2015, our team (David Steadman, Angelo Soto-Centeno, Nancy Albury, Michael Albury, Harlan Gough, Kelly Delancy, Hayley Singleton, and Neil Duncan) went to Crooked Island to explore caves for intact fossil material, archaeological sites, and bats. After our departure, Janet Franklin and her students, Julie Ripplinger and Pep Serra, from ASU arrived on […]

Formicidae

From: Special Projects Lab

Our lab’s Plant for Wildlife project uses colored pan traps to survey the insect diversity present in suburban environments in and around Gainesville, FL. Though our study focuses on likely pollinators, other groups of insects that are not usually thought of as effective pollinators are trapped as well. One of the most common insect families […]

Seeking graduate students to work on Mediterranean Campanulaceae

From: The Cellinese Lab

I am looking for a graduate student interested in studying evolutionary patterns and processes in the Mediterranean Basin using Campanula as a model. Field work is tough as you will be traveling throughout the beautiful Aegean archipelago, visiting many uninhabited islets in addition to some of the most amazing Mediterranean spots. You will also be forced to explore […]

Today’s the big day!

From: Franciscan Missions of La Florida

Today was the big day, the 450th Anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine! While the focus of our research has been on the 1677-1728 church and convento at Mission Nombre de Dios, these excavations were also part of a public archaeology program in association with the 450th. Celebrations started this past Friday and culminated […]

Welcome to this webpage on the systematics of Euptychiina!

From: Systematics of Euptychiina

Systematics of Euptychiina A project funded in part by the National Science Foundation (DEB# 1256742) Major collaborating organizations: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru The Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom Goals: 1. Reconstruct the phylogeny of Euptychiina using both molecular […]

Giant Ants!

From: Florida Museum Imagery

Last Tuesday two large-scale bronze ant sculptures were installed on the front lawn of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Each sculpture weighs 1,100 pounds and had to be forklifted from the delivery truck to the ground. The sculptures came to the museum through a University of Florida program called Creative B. Each year the […]