Museum-Voices-logoMuseums are exciting, dynamic places. There are curators conducting cutting-edge research, collection managers carefully cataloging specimens, educators inspiring the next generation of scientists, exhibit designers crafting immersive experiences for visitors, and other activities occurring every day that many people don’t associate with museums.

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:

Scott Robinson Helps Set New Birding Big Day Record

From: Ordway Lab of Ecosystem Conservation

Ordway Lab Director Scott Robinson was on a team that set a new Big Day record for the most species of birds observed at a site in a single day. He and a team of ornithologists from Peru and the United States detected 374 species at the Cocha Cashu biological station in the rainforest of […]

Phylogeny and staminal evolution of Salvia (Lamiaceae, Nepetoideae) in East Asia

From: Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics

Hu, G.-X., A. Takano, B. T. Drew, E.-D. Liu, D. E. Soltis, P. S. Soltis, H. Peng, and C.-L. Xiang. 2018. Phylogeny and staminal evolution of Salvia (Lamiaceae, Nepetoideae) in East Asia. Ann Bot 122:649–668. [View on publisher’s site]

Happy Birthday to Us!

From: Adventures in Spineless Science

The museum turned 100 last year, and to celebrate we had a special exhibit containing a sampling of some of the most exciting material from all our ranges.  Little did we suspect that recent Homo sapiens would also be prominently displayed. All the ranges took turns being on exhibit, and IZ was no exception spending […]

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 […]

Mesoamerican Artifacts

From: Latin American Online Exhibit

See Mesoamerican Bibliography in Mesoamerican Bibliography Tab Plate 1. 85-8-12 Mexico Nayarit, Protoclassic (100 B.C.– A.D. 300) Kneeling Female Figurine Fired Clay Dimensions: H 11.5 cm x W 8 cm x D 4.5 cm (NX) This figurine style can be traced back to the Protoclassic period (100 BC-AD 300) in Nayarit, one of the three states that […]

Resolutions (Not Really)

From: Webology

Ah, the turn of a new year. Nothing like it to inspire some better habits and righting some areas you’ve been slacking on…like flossing, regular exercise, or say, posting on your blog. We’ve been working at a furious pace in the Web Office and this blog has taken a back seat, unfortunately. I was hoping […]

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 […]

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 […]

iDig Hellbenders

From: Freshwater Herpetology

Check out the iDigBio May 2016 Biodiversity Spotlight on the Hellbender salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) written by PhD student, Kirsten Hecht.

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 […]

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 […]