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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:

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 […]

Anatomy of a Fish Redesign, Part 5

From: Webology

Redirects & Why They Are Amazing Have you ever clicked on a link and gotten one of those pages that say something like “404 error. Page not found”? We all have. It usually means there used to be a page there and now there’s not. Which is disappointing. In moving the fishes and sharks pages […]

Pam Soltis elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

The National Academy of Sciences announced today that Pam Soltis has been elected to the Academy. From the NAS: “Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the […]

What’s in a name?

From: Blue Rim Paleobotany

Archeologist and fellow blogger, Smiti Nathan Staudt (her blog here) asked how paleontologists name new species.  It is a bit more complicated than one might think!  Carolus Linnaeus founded the fields of taxonomy and nomenclature in the 1700s.  Taxonomy or classification is the process of defining groups composed of organisms that share similar traits.  Nomenclature […]

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 […]

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 […]