Museum-Voices-logoMuseums are exciting, dynamic places. There are curators conducting cutting-edge research, collection managers carefully cataloging specimens, educators inspiring the next generation of scientists, exhibit designers crafting immersive experiences for visitors, and other activities occurring every day that many people don’t associate with museums.

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!

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Topics in Field Geology Course: Second Impressions

From: Montbrook Fossil Dig

For first impressions of a paleontological dig, check out our Topics in Field Geology Course: Day One post. “This past Sunday at the Montbrook site proved to be more productive for me than the previous dig. I was digging in a higher layer of stratum and my meter-by-meter square contained a wide variety of fossils. […]

Ordway Lab back in FL!

From: Ordway Lab of Ecosystem Conservation

The entire lab is back on campus after returning from field sites all around the world! Now our attention moves to data crunching, analyses, proposal writing, and, of course, preparations for the next field season…… Spring 2017 from left: Felicity, Mitch, Scott, Harry, Ian, Diego, Daniel, Stephanie, Elise.

Discovery Zone, A New Doorway Arch

From: Experience Exhibits

Last week was a tiny bit stressful for us, but our wonderful construction crew went above and beyond while shaping and welding the new doorway arch to make sure to keep the noise and smells down to almost nothing. They had a stellar ventilation system in place during the work. As you can see, the […]

#MuseumSelfieDay 2017

From: Happy Flippers

Yes, #museumselfieday is a real thing. And it’s a great way for museums to show they have a fun side. Some art museums could really use a day to let their hair down and giggle over their exposed bits and pieces for once. Here at natural history museums, the reality is that we’re always having […]

On the defense: FLMNH Science Stories features Pam and Doug

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

The latest in the FLMNH Science Stories series features Pam and Doug talking about plant secondary chemicals used for defense. Ketchup or mustard? Check out Emily Mavrakis’ story: On the defense: Harmful plants have evolved to protect themselves from predators

Postdoc opportunity in clade definitions for the Tree of Life

From: The Cellinese Lab

We are seeking a second postdoctoral fellow to support the Phyloreferencing project. Our ideal candidate is a biologist by training, and has strong expertise in systematic biology. The focus of your work would be on working with select NSF GoLife projects to develop meaningful phyloreferences and to use these in proof-of-concept applications for aggregating trait […]

Bird Surveys and Early Mornings

From: Avian Ecology in Fragmented Cloud Forests of Peru

Much of the fieldwork I’ve been doing over the past 3 months has involved surveying birds living in cloud forest fragments throughout the Andes of northern Peru. This may sound relatively straightforward – millions of people around the world love making bird lists after all.  But correctly identifying some 300 bird species in the early […]

Botanical Drawing & Botany 2016

From: Blue Rim Paleobotany

In late July and early August, 2016, I attended the Botany Conference, which was held in Savannah, GA.  On the Sunday before the main sessions started, I participated in a workshop on Botanical Drawing.  It was taught by Alice Tangerini, the staff illustrator in the Botany Department at the Smithsonian.  You can see some 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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Adventures of Jenna and Mandy: Mission Impossible?

From: Adventures in Spineless Science

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, will be to find the worm Chaetopterus pergamentaceus from its type locality of “Antilles.” Armed with that informative location description (thanks, Cuvier), Jenna’s keen sense of worm-dar, and Google Earth, we gladly accepted the mission and headed off to Puerto Rico for 10 days of intensive worm […]