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:

Comparative phylogeography of black mangroves (Avicennia germinans) and red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) in Florida: Testing the maritime discontinuity in coastal plants.

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

Hodel, R. G. J., M. B. de S. Cortez, P. S. Soltis, and D. E. Soltis. 2016. Comparative phylogeography of black mangroves (Avicennia germinans) and red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) in Florida: Testing the maritime discontinuity in coastal plants. Am. J. Bot. 103:730–739. [View on publisher’s site]

Judit Ungvari-Martin and Juan Pablo Gomez Defend

From: Ordway Lab of Ecosystem Conservation

  Two Ordway Lab students, Judit Ungvari-Martin and Juan Pablo Gomez, have successfully defended their dissertations and are now Doctors! We will miss their positive energy and good spirits around the lab and look forward to watching their future pursuits. Both are moving on to postdoc positions: Juan Pablo here at UF with Dr. Jose […]

What Did I Almost Step On?!

From: Webology

Spring is here and summer is around the corner! How do I know? It’s not the pollen in the air or the inaugural turning on of the air conditioner at home. It’s not even the first wave of mosquitoes! All I need to know about the weather patterns of this area is revealed in 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 […]


From: Ecology and Genetics of Cloud Forest Birds in the Peruvian Andes

I am a graduate student in the Department of Biology and Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida where I study the ecology and population genetics of birds in high elevation cloud forests of Peru. I am lucky to work out of the Ordway Lab for Ecosystem Conservation with a fantastic group […]