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Our blogs highlight the work of our scientists and support team that catalogs and examines global biodiversity, from the origin of earth as we know it, through present day, and forward into future possibilities.

Inspired Giving – Support • Oct 1, 2021

Visiting Researcher Endowment

With more than 10 million specimens, the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity houses one of the world’s largest Lepidoptera…

Andrei Sourakov | Lepidoptera Collections Coordinator • Oct 1, 2021

Homage to bidens

Some call it “The Spanish Needle,” which, I suppose, invokes thoughts of pain and the Spanish Inquisition at the same…

Florida Museum Blog • Aug 6, 2021

Beer for butterflies

Friends, beer and . . . butterflies? Is this how we do conservation now? Our scientists have worked hard to…

Florida Program for Shark Research • Aug 6, 2021

King of the sharks!

James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” premieres today and among the colorful cast is the menacing yet endearing King Shark. The…

Andrei Sourakov | Lepidoptera Collections Coordinator • Jul 21, 2021

And thanks for all the … lilies.

Between our McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and the Harn Museum of Arts, we share a plaza with some interesting, I…

Ceramic Technology Lab • Jul 9, 2021

More Pottery “Make-Dos”

In an earlier post, I discussed some methods used through the years to fix damaged pottery. Here are a few…

Randell Research Center • Jul 8, 2021

The Telltale Truncatella

Sometimes very big stories are told by very small shells. One example is the shell of southwest Florida’s minute snail,…

Randell Research Center • Jul 5, 2021

New Faces at the RRC

As we celebrate our anniversary year, we are welcoming Annisa Karim as RRC Coordinator, Charlie Cobb as Director and Michelle…

Randell Research Center • Jul 5, 2021

I’ll look for you on the Trail!

It is impossible to express the myriad of deep feelings enveloping me as I write this column. My reasons for…

Randell Research Center • Jul 5, 2021

The RRC is 25!

As part of our celebration of the RRC’s 25th anniversary, we invited Bill Marquardt, RRC’s co-founder and first director, to…

Events • Jun 14, 2021

Washing Away History panel discussions

More than 250 years ago, Fort Mose (pronounced “Moh-say”) in St. Augustine, Florida, became the first legally sanctioned free Black…

Florida Museum Blog • Jun 10, 2021

Collections Battles

Social distancing during Covid challenged us all to look for fun new ways to share science. Not many people get…

Inspired Giving – Support • May 28, 2021

Volunteers are a Gift

Carol and Bill Sewell started volunteering at the Montbrook dig site on December 7, 2016. Altogether, Carol dug at the…

Andrei Sourakov | Lepidoptera Collections Coordinator • May 21, 2021

Lepidoptera Research Information Exchange 2020

Despite the COVID pandemic, the research staff and graduate students at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity were able…

Andrei Sourakov | Lepidoptera Collections Coordinator • May 1, 2021

Blood-sucking Moth Parasites

I know what you are going to say: “Moths have no blood.” That’s splitting hairs though—moths have liquid called hemolymph…