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

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...

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:

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...

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:


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