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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!

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From: Special Projects Lab

The hymenopteran family Chrysididae (also known as the “cuckoo wasps”) derives it’s name from the greek word, chrysis, meaning “golden” and refers to the bright metallic coloration shared by most members of the family. It has been suggested that this metallic appearance causes the wasps to be more difficult for birds and other predators to capture. […]

Lauren Gonzalez awarded SSB Grant!

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

Congratulations to Lauren Gonzalez who was recently awarded a Graduate Student Research Award from the Society of Systematic Biologists for her proposal titled “Elucidating the Evolutionary History of Tropaeolum (Tropaeolaceae): Implications for Historical Biogeography, Trait Evolution, and Conservation”   Tropaeolum (Tropaeolaceae) comprises ~ 90 species native to Central and South America that are distributed throughout the Andes, within a […]

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 […]

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 […]