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Exploring the Flora and Fauna in the Horn of Africa

A team of researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and USGS recently spent a month conducting biological surveys in Djibouti (pronounced ‘ji-BOO-tee’), a small country in the Horn of Africa. Djibouti is surrounded by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with coastlines that abut both the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden....

Preventive Medicine Unit Supports Smithsonian Museum in Djibouti Africa

Posted April 26, 2016 - 1:03pm

DJIBOUTI, Africa (NNS) -- A preventive medicine team from Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 7 in Rota, Spain, spent two weeks chasing insects across the desert in Djibouti as part of an ecological survey of Camp Lemonnier. EPMU-7 team members... participated in the bug chase at Camp Lemonnier and surrounding areas that was led by scientists from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Feb. 10-26... Read full article here: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=94033

In face of mass extinctions, Smithsonian’s Global Genome Initiative quietly saves world’s DNA

Posted April 6, 2016 - 1:52pm

It is rare but not entirely uncommon to see a manatee swimming in the Atlantic waters of Maryland and Virginia. This one was dead, however, bobbing in the surf off Assateague Island near the Maryland-Virginia border in late October...

http://insider.si.edu/2016/04/face-mass-extinctions-smithsonians-global-genome-initiative-quietly-saving-dna/

Defining biodiversity genomics

Posted April 6, 2016 - 10:19am

Astronomy, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology. The sciences have unfolded over time as we noticed what was around us, built concepts to describe and tools to observe and measure, and gained a better grasp of the realities of the Universe. Many say now is the century of biology, the study of life. Genomics is therefore “front-and-centre”, as DNA, is the software of life. - See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/03/defining-biodiversity-genomics/#sthash.3JPXAIU8.dpuf

Smithsonian Targeted Enrichment Workshop - In Review

Posted March 31, 2016 - 1:58pm

On March 15th, the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics (SIBG) Bioinformatics Group hosted an all-day target enrichment/bait capture workshop. This workshop was geared toward researchers who currently use or would like to use target capture techniques and data in their research.

Paul Frandsen (ORIS/OCIO) offered a short Hydra training workshop on Monday March 14th. This two-hour training provided a short introduction to Hydra, which helped prepare participants for the exercises given during the targeted enrichment workshop.

What's that Genome in the Sand?

Wild animals that are directly visible in their environment are the main attraction for nature lovers. Most people do not know about the existence of a fascinating hidden world of animals that inhabit marine sand. This sand can host an impressive abundance and diversity of microscopic animals known as “meiofauna.”...

Field work in South Africa in Dec 2015

Posted March 21, 2016 - 2:51pm

Field work in South Africa in Dec 2015
18 March 2016

Finally, several months delayed is a post about my recent field work in South Africa that took place in December 2015. I put together my tweets from the field and they can be accessed at this storify story.

The resident bird gets the butterfly.

When you look around you might notice birds going about their daily business. But what are they up to? American redstarts are migratory birds that travel to Jamaica during the winter and potentially compete with resident birds, like the Yellow Warbler, for food. Photo by Dave Inman. CC By-NC-ND 2.0...

Cryptobiotic Condos—How Genomics Helps Monitor Coral Reefs

The following is a blogpost about an expedition sponsored by the Smithsonian's Global Genome Initiative. There’s more to reefs than fishes and coral, far more. In fact, it is estimated fishes and coral make up less than 1% of all reef-associated animal species. The other 99% of reef diversity –...

Smithsonian Targeted Enrichment Workshop: 15 March 2016

Posted February 12, 2016 - 2:59pm

On March 15th, the Smithsonian Institute for Biodiversity Genomics (SIBG) Bioinformatics Group will be hosting an all day target enrichment/bait capture workshop. This workshop is geared toward researchers who currently use or would like to use target capture techniques and data in their research.

The workshop will start with an introductory lecture at 9:30am on March 15th, 2016: Planning a Successful Target Enrichment Project with MYbaits.

Presented by: Alison M. Devault, Ph.D.

Product Manager, MYbaits & NGS

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