Invertebrate Paleontology

Barbara Toomey has been a volunteer at the Florida Museum since 1986. Florida Museum photo by Roger Portell

Volunteer Barbara Toomey wins Katherine Palmer Award

The Paleontological Research Institution has awarded its annual Katherine Palmer Award to Florida Museum of Natural History volunteer Barbara K. Toomey for her work with the Invertebrate Paleontology Division. The award is presented to non-profess...
collection of mollusk shells

Mollusk graveyards are time machines to oceans’ pristine past

A Florida Museum of Natural History study shows that mollusk fossils provide a reliable measure of human-driven changes in marine ecosystems and shifts in ocean biodiversity. Collecting data from the shells of dead mollusks is a low-impact way of ...
Klompmaker examines fossils of ancient crustaceans

Crustaceans vulnerable as coral reefs decline

Postdoctoral researcher Adiel Klompmaker is lead author of a new study suggesting a direct correlation between the abundance of coral reefs and the diversity of many crustaceans. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jeff Gage Nearly 150 mil...