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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.

Florida Museum Blog • Dec 20, 2021

Our 2021 was busy and exciting!

Wow! Looking back at 2021 is quite an adventure. This year brought some challenges, but we also saw some pretty…

Events • Nov 30, 2021

Big to small: Exploring it all!

Our fall 2021 Museum in the Parks explorations were some of our most exciting! We brought Museum specimens and live…

Andrei Sourakov | Lepidoptera Collections Coordinator • Nov 1, 2021

What’s the buzz?

The news in the Hymenoptera community of the UF Natural Area Teaching Lab (NATL) located behind the Museum: “Bidens, which…

Ceramic Technology Lab • Oct 22, 2021

Repurposing Pottery

In earlier blog posts I’ve written about how people in the past mended broken pots, but there were lots of…

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…

Happy Flippers Blog • Sep 23, 2021

Take a look in the mirror and flex!

Within museum social media forums, I often overhear discussions about how to find the best trends, hashtags or events to…

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…