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Global Genome Initiative Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Posted October 17, 2016 - 2:51pm

The Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowships are two-year fellowships that contribute specifically to the goals of the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) at the National Museum of Natural History and include a 60% time commitment to biodiversity genomic research and 40% commitment to other GGI related activities.  The fellowships are aimed at increasing the capacity for biodiversity genomics at the National Museum of Natural History.

FAME, fortune, and genomics in Madagascar: Preserving a blueprint of hyperendemism in a biodiversity hotspot

Posted October 11, 2016 - 11:32am

Madagascar is one of the world’s “hottest” hotspots with a diverse and endemic biota that is increasingly threatened by habitat destruction. Dr. Laurence Dorr of the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History’s Botany Department is the lead of a team of five researchers that received a GGI-SIBG (Global Genome Initiative-Smithsonian Institute of Biodiversity Genomics) award aiming to collect 50% of the Malagasy genera from the team’s collective expertise, including 37 families, 433 genera, and 3,056 species, many of which are endemic.

A Workflow to Preserve Genome-Quality Tissue Samples from Plants in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

Posted September 21, 2016 - 11:07am

Morgan R. Gostel, Carol Kelloff, Kyle Wallick, and Vicki A. Funk (2016) A Workflow to Preserve Genome-Quality Tissue Samples From Plants in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Botanical Society of America. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/apps.1600039

DNA Barcoding Borneo’s Biodiversity: A Modern-Day Naturalist’s Journey into the Heart of Borneo

A James Madison University (JMU) professor takes his students on an international collaborative adventure to document the amphibian and reptile biodiversity of Borneo. Figure 1. Sunlight streams through the mist in the mixed dipterocarp (large, broad-leafed tree) forests surrounding our research station. Photo by David S McLeod. I have always...

Revisiting the Tenasserim (Tanintharyi) of Myanmar

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) and the Smithsonian Myanmar Biodiversity Initiative are working with Fauna & Flora International's (FFI) on conservation research to protect and preserve Myanmar forests rich in biodiversity. The Tenasserim is an area on the Malaysian Peninsula that was politically contested between Myanmar and Thailand in the...

2016 Frontiers in Phylogenetics Fall Symposium Registration

Posted August 2, 2016 - 12:55pm

Tackling the tree(s): approaches, advances, and applications in an age of big data
Friday, September 9th, 2016, 9am-5pm
Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

Confirmed speakers:
-Richa Agarwala (NCBI)
-Joie Cannon (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet)
-Chris Lane (University of Rhode Island)
-Emily Jane McTavish (University of California, Merced)
-Leo Smith (University of Kansas)
-Ward Wheeler (AMNH)
-Norman Wickett (Chicago Botanic Garden)

Building Genomic Plant Collections from the Southeastern United States

We, Drs. Carol Kelloff and Mark Strong, traveled to southeastern Virginia—resurveying botanical transects conducted over 70 years ago—to collect genomic material of plants for the Global Genome Initiative. The overall goal of our project is to build up the Smithsonian's Biorepository with genomic quality DNA samples and add herbarium vouchers...

Greater than X kb: A quantitative assessment of preservation conditions on genomic DNA quality, and a proposed standard for genome-quality DNA

Posted July 8, 2016 - 3:29pm

Mulcahy DG, Macdonald III KS, Brady SG, Meyer C, Barker KB, Coddington J. (2016) Greater than X kb: A quantitative assessment of preservation conditions on genomic DNA quality, and a proposed standard for genome-quality DNA. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2202v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2202v1

An Interview with an Orchid Specialist.

The Global Genome Initiative’s-Gardens team spent the cooler months of January, February, and March within the expansive, climate-controlled confines of the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouses in Suitland, Maryland. We worked primarily with facilities manager, Vickie DiBella; horticulturalist, Matthew Fleming; and orchid collection specialist, Tom Mirenda. Our goal was to collect as...

Surveying the Sumacs and Mosses of North America

I am a Museum Specialist in the Department of Botany and the research assistant to curator Jun Wen, whose expertise includes grapes – the plant family Vitaceae, ginseng – the plant family Araliaceae, cherries – the family Rosaceae, and many plant groups found both in eastern Asian and North American...

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