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Hurricane Dorian and its serious effect on the Bahamas has given many of our scientists and staff cause to reflect on our island neighbors. Not only is our state closely related by geography, history and culture, Florida Museum and Bahamian scientists also have shared a great deal of research.

On Abaco and Grand Bahama, the decades-long relationships between the Florida Museum and Bahamian colleagues, students, teachers, volunteers and communities have been and continue to be the foundation of an ongoing, shared commitment to the exploration, documentation and conservation of the rich natural history, cultural heritage and biodiversity of the islands.

Our faculty and staff recently wrote in support of the islands:

Florida Museum Statement of Support for Abaco and Grand Bahama

Selected Science articles

Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave
August 15, 2019

Four new species of plume moths discovered in Bahamas
June 7, 2019

Packing a suitcase for the future
November 27, 2018

Ocean channel in Bahamas marks genetic divide in Brazilian free-tailed bats
August 18, 2017

Extinct tortoise yields oldest tropical DNA
February 8, 2017

New book reveals untold history of pre-colonial Caribbean islands
January 12, 2017

Bat Dispersal in the Bahamas (Video)
January 12, 2014

Fossils from Bahamian Blue Hole may give clues to early life
May 1, 2008

#BahamasStrong Stories

To share our research and relationship with the Bahamas, we created some #BahamasStrong Stories for social media:

Giving support

In the spirit of friendship, collegial support and human resiliency, the Florida Museum stands in solidarity with the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama during their time of recovery, healing and rebuilding.

The people of the Bahamas can use a tremendous amount of support right now, and rebuilding will require a lot of funding. While many local organizations are arranging donated supplies to be delivered to the islands now, monetary donations will be critical to long-term recovery.

Some notable national/international organizations*:

Bahamas Red Cross

HeadKnowles Hurricane Relief

Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation

World Central Kitchen

More local, national and international organizations from our local WUFT/PBS site:

How To Help Hurricane Dorian Recovery In Bahamas

*The Florida Museum does not endorse these relief organizations. Please research before donating.