On Sunday October 6th, a UMMZ task force participated in the 2013 "ID Day", one of two designated Ruthven Museums annual public outreach events. The event was a smashing success, attracting 656 visitors (a marked increase on last years’ 378) including many young children and their parents.
10/6/2013 | (more)
Copeia documents the role of UMMZ in it's production.
An article by Joseph C. Mitchell and David G. Smith in the most recent issue of Copeia describes some of the history of the journal and how Ruthven and the UMMZ were involved.
10/2/2013 | (more)
Mimicking venomous snakes: untangling the history of deceptive coloration
If a mimicry system offers protection from predators, then why hasn't evolution eliminated the "failed mimics," such as ground snakes sporting color patterns that don't remotely resemble a coral snake? That's the puzzle that University of Michigan evolutionary biologist Alison Davis Rabosky has spent the last four years trying to solve.
9/13/2013 | (more)
Fluid-preserved Invertebrate Imaging Workshop a success!
This workshop, conducted by Mark O'Brien, focused on imaging techniques for fluid-preserved invertebrates and microscopic slides. The target audience included collections managers, curators, and directors in U.S. non-federal invertebrate collections with significant numbers of fluid- and microscopic-slide-preserved specimens. The primary goal was to prepare participants for imaging these difficult-to-record collection objects.
9/17/2013 | (more)
Long-held assumption about emergence of new species questioned
University of Michigan biologist Dan Rabosky and Daniel Matute, University of Chicago, are questioning the long-held assumption that genetic reproductive barriers, also known as reproductive isolation, are a driving force behind speciation.
9/2/2013 | (more)
UMMZ news from the World Congress of Malacology
The UMMZ was well represented at the World Congress of Malacology with seven speakers and a best student oral presentation award for Jingchun Li.
8/12/2013 | (more)
Thomaz scores best poster award
EEB graduate student Andrea Thomaz won the Best Student Poster Award from the Neotropical Ichthyological Association.
7/29/2013 | (more)
On U-M Gateway: From obscurity to dominance: tracking the rapid evolutionary rise of ray-finned fish
Mass extinctions, like lotteries, result in a multitude of losers and a few lucky winners.
7/22/2013 | (more)
Lifetime Achievement Award for Gerald Smith
Professor EmeritusGerald Smith was honored with the first Joseph S. Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
7/26/2013 | (more)
Frontiers Master's Student Defends Thesis
Frontiers Master's Student, Marcella Baiz, recently defended her thesis on the genetic relatedness of howler monkeys (Alouatta sp.).
6/24/2013 | (more)