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!

Recent Posts:

Up from the Deep

From: Webology

You’re minding your own business, tootling along on a clear (and boring day), and—BAM—up out of nowhere you get hit. Shark! What do you do? Nothing! You can’t do anything. You just hang on and hope the feeding frenzy passes quickly. Breathe. Yes, it’s suddenly calm again. Quiet. Too quiet. You know it can happen […]

Building a T-Rex

From: Florida Museum Imagery

* Be sure to read the posts leading up to this post – This a visual chronicle of the arrival of one of largest temporary exhibits at the Florida Museum of Natural History * It took museum staff, fabrications and exhibits crew a week to construct Sue under the guidance of productions supervisor Michael Paha, […]

She’s A Scientist

From: The Cellinese Lab

The Cellinese and Soltis Labs represented botanists at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s annual She’s a Scientist program last weekend!

Multiple origins and chromosomal novelty in the allotetraploid Tragopogon castellanus (Asteraceae)

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

Mavrodiev, E. V., M. Chester, V. N. Suárez-Santiago, C. J. Visger, R. Rodriguez, A. Susanna, R. M. Baldini, P. S. Soltis, and D. E. Soltis. 2015. Multiple origins and chromosomal novelty in the allotetraploid Tragopogon castellanus (Asteraceae). New Phytol doi: 10.1111/nph.13227 [Link to article on publicher’s site] Summary Tragopogon includes two classic examples of recently formed […]

Behind the Scenes: Prepping the fossils in the lab

From: Blue Rim Paleobotany

Once the fossils have been curated, they can be prepared.  Many specimens collected in the field will be only partially exposed. Rock layers or sediment may still cover more than half the fossil or maybe just a small part. Small needles, razor blades, and dental picks are used to uncover the buried fossil. It is […]

New Euptychiina webpage!

From: Systematics of Euptychiina

Interested in butterflies? The new Euptychiina webpage is up. See menu for current information. More will be added soon!