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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:

Spikes are for Hedgehogs

From: Webology

We watch web traffic to the Museum’s site, and we’re used to the ebb and flow of cycle and regular trends. On weekends we know more mobile phone users will visit the section of the site about exhibits and parking as parents try to find cool things to do with their kids on the fly. […]

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 […]

Resolving basal lamiid phylogeny and the circumscription of Icacinaceae with a plastome-scale data set

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

Stull, G. W., R. D. de Stefano, D. E. Soltis, and P. S. Soltis. 2015. Resolving basal lamiid phylogeny and the circumscription of Icacinaceae with a plastome-scale data set. Am. J. Bot. 102:1794–1813. [View on publisher’s site]

Blue Rim Thanksgiving

From: Blue Rim Paleobotany

Could you have a traditional Thanksgiving meal 50 million years ago in southwestern Wyoming using what is known about the flora and fauna at Blue Rim? Here is the target “traditional” Thanksgiving meal: Turkey, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables (carrots), Dinner Rolls, and Pumpkin Pie. Various geologic time periods will be […]

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 […]

Research article in The Condor featuring Ian Ausprey’s work

From: Ordway Lab of Ecosystem Conservation

The Condor: Ornithological Applications publishes original research, syntheses, and assessments that address ornithological applications in two ways: the application of scientific theory and methods to the conservation, management, and ecology of birds; and the application of ornithological knowledge to conservation and management policy and other issues of importance to society. The August issue 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 […]


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 […]