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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...

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

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...

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

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 –...

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