Visitors to the Fishes lab
Flint Herpetology Class visits the collection
The UM - Flint Herpetology Class came for a tour as a field trip on November 26th, 2013. Their Instructor, Teresa Yoder, has routinely borrowed specimens from us for her laboratory demonstrations.
Amphibian Evolution and Taxonomy
Dr. Joe Mendleson examines frogs and snakes as part of his ongoing research projects in systematics and conservation. Focusing mostly on bufonid and hylid frogs in Mesoamerica, my research conducts basic biodiversity inventories in the field to discover previously unknown species and to refine our understanding of the distribution and ecology of tropical amphibians and reptiles in general.
Dr. Ronald Nussbaum's Biology 120 Class visited the Herpetology Collections
Dr. Ronald Nussbaum's Biology 120 Class visited the Herpetology Collections at the Biodiversity Research Center at Varsity Drive. Collections Manager, Greg Schneider, toured the collections with them and talked about Museum Collections as repositories of biodiversity.
Collecting chitrid fungus from Museum specimens
Anat Belasen, PhD graduate student working with Dr. Tim James in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, swabs the skin of amphibians including these Hellbender salamanders housed in the Museum collections at the Biodiversity Research Center at Varsity Drive, to collect chitrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) for genetic analysis.
Living in paradise: systematics and biogeography of Seychelles amphibians
Simon Maddock from the British Museum of Natural History and University College London taking measurements of Seychelles caecilians.
Visitors from the American Museum of Natural History
Visiting scientists from the American Museum of Natural History take data and photograph snakes from Madagascar. Their research requires taking sub-samples from the frozen tissue collection for DNA analysis.
Photographing Specimens from Greek Islands
Dr. Johannes Foufopoulos and Dave Brenner select specimens of Podarcis erhardi from Greek islets collected for Dr. Foufopoulos' research last summer. He and his team are working on the evolution of isolated small populations a topic that is of interest because it can shed light on the nature of evolutionary processes and on the sustainable management of small populations.
Photographing Michigan Massasaugas
Tom Beauvais, a local herpetologist, photograhs a UMMZ massasauga collected in Branch County Michigan by Crystal Thompson in 1917.
Measuring and Photographing Varanus Skulls
Derek is looking at the relationship between tooth morphology and diet in reptiles for his PhD. Using modern monitor lizards (Varanus) for comparison, analogous diets in the fossil record can be hypothesized based on tooth morphology, in particular, non-avian meat-eating dinosaurs and their avian relatives.