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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:

Aphids and Parasitoid Wasps

From: Special Projects Lab

  This summer in the lab, we have been keeping wild lime (Zanthoxylum fagara) plants to feed our Schaus’ Swallowtail larvae. The tender new growth that the young swallowtail caterpillars favor is also preferred by a less desirable herbivore: aphids. We have been doing everything possible to control these pests without putting our Schaus’ caterpillars […]

The fate of polyploid lineages: A response to Mayrose et al. (2014)

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

Douglas E. Soltis, María Claudia Segovia-Salcedo, Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Lucas C. Majure, Nicolas M. Miles, Evgeny V. Mavrodiev, Wenbin Mei, Mark E. Mort, Pamela S. Soltis, Graham R. Jones, Thomas Marcussen, Bengt Oxelman, and Matthew A. Gitzendanner. The fate of polyploid lineages: A response to Mayrose et al. (2014). Online at: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/museum-voices/soltis-lab/2015/07/29/the-fate-of-po…ose-et-al-2014/ Mayrose et al. (2011) and Arrigo and […]

Palm Flowers

From: Blue Rim Paleobotany

Fossil palm flowers have been found at Blue Rim and other sites in the Rocky Mountain region.  These flowers, representing a new species named Phoenix windmillis, are related to date palms.  Modern date palms are native to Africa and southeast Asia, but are found in the Eocene of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.  One of the […]

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 […]

Shifting Sands and Baby Plans

From: Webology

The Web Office has been in a real period of transition, and boy, does our posting frequency show it! (Ahem, that’s absolutely nada since March for those playing along.) However, in attempting to serve as an example to other fledgling museum bloggers…it’s okay if you go through a post drought. Things happen and life gets […]

Postdoctoral fellow in Computable Semantics for the Tree of Life

From: The Cellinese Lab

The Phyloreferencing project seeks a postdoctoral fellow for researching and developing computational semantics approaches to large-scale biodiversity data integration problems. The project aims to enable addressing elements in the Tree of Life by unambiguous, transparent, and fully computable semantics of their patterns of evolutionary descent. The work involves researching and developing OWL models and ontologies, […]

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!