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Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation

Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play a significant role in species extinctions.

Those are the conclusions of more than 100 biologists and biodiversity researchers who signed a letter to the journal Science published online May 22.

5/22/2014 |  (more)

Qixin He receives Donald W. Tinkle scholarship award

This is the UMMZ's most prestigious scholarship, given this year to Qixin He for her innovative research on the evolutionary genetics of the African mosquito Anopheles gambiae

5/10/2014 |  (more)

Rabosky wins IBS MacArthur & Wilson Award

Professor Dan Rabosky has been awarded the MacArthur & Wilson Award from The International Biogeographical Society.

5/7/2014 |  (more)

UMMZ Herpetological Collection Joins VertNet

The UMMZ Division of Herpetology is pleased to announce the addition of our collection data to VertNet, an NSF-funded collaborative project uniting hundreds of museum collections around the world to make biodiversity data free and available on the web through a single online search portal.

4/18/2014 |  (more)

Myers, a leading scholar in mammalian systematics and biodiversity, retires

Phil Myers, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator, Museum of Zoology, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2013. Myers is a leading scholar in mammalian systematics and biodiversity, with special expertise in South American mammals. More recently, his research explored the impact of climate change on the biogeography of northern hemisphere mammals. The U-M Regents salute this distinguished researcher, scholar and educator by naming him professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator emeritus.

4/22/2014 |  (more)

Animal Diversity Web adding 3D Skulls!

Just before the turn of the 21st century, the Animal Diversity Web created a series of cutting-edge QTVR object movies of mammal skulls. Now, with the help of UROP student Alex Risius, they’re creating new 3D models using photogrammetry tools provided by Autodesk. This method allows the creation of higher-resolution models, and provides users with much finer control over the spinning.

4/17/2014 |  (more)

The Hungriest Critters in the UMMZ Featured on YouTube…Again!!!

The UMMZ dermestid colony was the recent subject of a video created for the YouTube channel, WorldByCharlie.  EEB undergraduate, Charlie Engelman, is the person behind WorldByCharlie and is the producer of its content.

3/18/2014 |  (more)

Behind the Scenes Outreach 2014!

The Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Paleontology, and Museum of Zoology open up their doors to let the public see what goes on inside.

2/9/2014 |  (more)

Dental School Course Uses the UMMZ Collections for Comparative Anatomy Lecture

Graduate students from the Michigan School of Dentistry visited the UMMZ Mammal Collection for a comparative anatomy lecture as part of their Neural Basis of Orofacial Pain and Function course.

2/4/2014 |  (more)

New book: “Human Social Evolution, The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander”

Human Social Evolution, The Foundational Works of Richard D. Alexander” was published in 2013 by 0xford University Press. Edited by former students Drs. Kyle Summers and Bernard Crespi, the book covers major topics of interest in human social evolution and brings together Alexander’s classic works.

1/23/2014 |  (more)

 

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