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Washington DC
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The Paleontological Society of Washington October 16, 2019 National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. entrance Feathers, Fluff, or Scales? Dino Integument Dr. Thomas Holtz, Paleontology Department, University of Maryland, College Park. The discovery of feathers and simpler filaments (“fuzz”) on the bodies of both primitive carnivorous dinosaurs and various... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at Paleontological Society of Washington
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John Pfeiffer holding freshwater mussel, Chamberlainia hainesiana, in western Thailand in 2017 underneath a trestle of the Death Railway near Kra Sae Cave. John Pfeiffer first forayed into natural history collections work during his undergrad at Northern Michigan University. At the time, he was unaware that his professional journey would... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at No Bones
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. The domestication of crop plants and their wild relatives was the theme of the 17th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium held on 17 May 2019. The challenges of domesticating tropical forest fruit trees, such as breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), was presented in one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. Marcos Caraballo gave two workshops on plant taxonomy and molecular biology on May 24 and May 31 to two groups of high school students from the Youth and Diversity Program of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). On... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. The 2019 ForestGEO Analytical Workshop participants on their field trip to Bukit Timah Forest Dynamics Plot in Singapore. From June 23 through July 5, 53 forest ecologists from 23 countries convened for ForestGEO’s 2019 annual analytical workshop at Nanyang Technological University... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. Caly McCarthy joined ForestGEO as Administrative Assistant in April 2019 and is based at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. McCarthy combines her interest in plants with her proclivity for details in this position. Prior to this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at The Plant Press
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The Paleontological Society of Washington 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. entrance The 50 State Fossils Yinan Wang John Hopkins University (Graduate student) Most states have a designated official state fossil. These are celebrated paleontological icons and range from Brachiopods to Dinosaurs to... Continue reading
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. By Julia Beros Paul Sidney Conger made only one concession to using the Scanning Electron Microscope. That is, only once were the habits of Conger interrupted by the forces of change. For a career that spanned decades in the field of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. Alice Tangerini participated as one of the seven judges for the 2019 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an event sponsored by The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) and open to K-12 grade students. The student’s artwork depicted threatened or endangered animal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. By Shannon Hicks and Erika Gardner Tucked away in the US National Herbarium’s mounting preparation room is a specimen conservation cabinet that temporarily holds specimens in need of repairs. Many specimens are in need of simple repairs, but in some instances,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. A study that explores the origin and diversification of Asteraceae, the sunflower family, was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1903871116). Asteraceae, composed of an estimated 25,000-30,000 species, accounts for nearly 10 percent of all flowering plants.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. Report from Guyana, June 1994: Having just flown into Kaieteur National Park, Carol Kelloff, Paula DePriest, and Mike Tamessar (University of Guyana) realize that Eric Christenson, who had flown in with them, is missing. Christenson is found at the airstrip, with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. As botanists develop more knowledge the science of taxonomy becomes increasingly complex. Between 1753 and 2016, the number of known plant species has risen from about 6,000 to 390,000, an average increase of nearly 1,500 species each year. Over 2,000 new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. Ernani Guingona Meñez was born on 15 August 1931, in Manila, Philippines. He finished his secondary schooling at Mapa High School in Manila and his undergraduate degree (BA in Botany) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. At UP, he worked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. In the January 2019 issue of The Plant Press (Vol. 22, No. 1), Julia Beros reported on an interesting mystery in the article, “The search for Santessonia continues.” Harold Robinson told Beros a story about Mason Hale’s discovery of the highly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. The Department of Botany and the United States National Herbarium present the José Cuatrecasas Medal for Excellence in Tropical Botany to a botanist and scholar of international stature who has contributed significantly to advancing the field of tropical botany. The award... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. The 17th Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “What Darwin Couldn't Know: Modern Perspectives on Crop Plant Origins,” was held 17 May 2019. The invited speakers explored contemporary research into the domestication of crops and their wild relatives. Below are the abstracts from the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 3, July 2019. By Gary A. Krupnick Smithsonian’s Department of Botany and the United States Botanic Garden convened the 2019 Smithsonian Botanical Symposium, “What Darwin Couldn't Know: Modern Perspectives on Crop Plant Origins,” at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C.,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at The Plant Press
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I seem to always take a long time to finally post a summary of my field-work in photos. Here is a summary of a trip I undertook with #TeamDiptera members Charlotte Alberts, Allan Cabrero, and Brandon Claridge in November 2019 prior to the 9th International Congress of Diptera in Windhoek,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at Asiloid Flies
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I have been trying to write this post for a while, but every time I start to think about what to write about my work on deep sea sponges, I get stuck on where to begin. So, this idea stayed in the back of my mind and, suddenly, in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at No Bones
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2019. "Distichophyllum cuspidatum (Dozy & Molk.) Dozy & Molk. and Leskeodon brevicuspidatus (E.B. Bartram) B.C. Tan & H. Rob." illustrated by Alice Tangerini In a 1990 monograph in Smithsonian Contributions to Botany (Number 75), Benito Tan and Harold Robinson reviewed the Philippine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at The Plant Press
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Those who have studied the Smithsonian are no doubt familiar with the U.S. Navy’s U.S. Exploring Expedition, called the Ex. Ex. for short. This ambitious trip around the world took four-years (1838-1842), included six ships, and the crew had a team of nine scientists and artists. It is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at No Bones
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2019. Joel Nitta Joel Nitta joined the Department of Botany as a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2019. Nitta is working with Eric Schuettpelz and Warren Wagner to investigate the biogeography of pteridophytes (ferns and lycophytes) in the Pacific, with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2019. Emmanuel Kyei-Baffour and Maggy Benson (Education & Outreach) interview lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno during a broadcast of “Exploring the Amazing World of Lichens” on Smithsonian Science How. (photo by Jennifer Renteria, NMNH) On 28 March, Manuela Dal Forno participated in two... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at The Plant Press
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From Plant Press, Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2019. -Adapted from Pensoft Publishers A new species of the Brazil-endemic small genus Mcvaughia is described as part of an extended revision of this unique group. The study was recently published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. Mcvaughia bahiana is just one... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at The Plant Press