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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:

On the defense: FLMNH Science Stories features Pam and Doug

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

The latest in the FLMNH Science Stories series features Pam and Doug talking about plant secondary chemicals used for defense. Ketchup or mustard? Check out Emily Mavrakis’ story: On the defense: Harmful plants have evolved to protect themselves from predators

Postdoc opportunity in clade definitions for the Tree of Life

From: The Cellinese Lab

We are seeking a second postdoctoral fellow to support the Phyloreferencing project. Our ideal candidate is a biologist by training, and has strong expertise in systematic biology. The focus of your work would be on working with select NSF GoLife projects to develop meaningful phyloreferences and to use these in proof-of-concept applications for aggregating trait […]

Ian Ausprey Elected to Association of Field Ornithologists

From: Ordway Lab of Ecosystem Conservation

Lab graduate student Ian Ausprey has been elected to serve as a Councilor for the Association of Field Onithologists. AFO is one of North America’s major ornithological societies and publishes the scientific journal Journal of Field Ornithology as well as specializing in outreach to Neotropical biologists. Ian has served as the liaison to the North […]

Why Montbrook?

From: Montbrook Fossil Dig

Unsure of what name to give this new fossil site and with no special preference from the owners of the property, Vertebrate Paleontology’s Collection Manager, Richard Hulbert, began looking into the history of the area for anything interesting. He soon discovered an old line-drawn Florida Highway map of the area with the name ‘Montbrook’. What is […]

Botanical Drawing & Botany 2016

From: Blue Rim Paleobotany

In late July and early August, 2016, I attended the Botany Conference, which was held in Savannah, GA.  On the Sunday before the main sessions started, I participated in a workshop on Botanical Drawing.  It was taught by Alice Tangerini, the staff illustrator in the Botany Department at the Smithsonian.  You can see some of […]

Killer 75-Foot Killer Sharks Might Be Trying to Kill You

From: Webology

In the normal course of our day, we read a lot of stuff. We filter through a lot of articles and other site’s publications about us and our material, or even trending topics that we specialize in. It helps to be plugged in and up to date on what people are talking about, because sometimes […]

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 […]

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 […]