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How Ants Helped Me Feel Comfortable in the Genomics Lab

Posted December 27, 2016 - 9:37am

How Ants Helped Me Feel Comfortable in the Genomics Lab - a blogpost by Sal, 2016 YES! GGI Intern

How I Learned to Barcode Lizards During My Internship

Posted December 23, 2016 - 11:08am

How I Learned to Barcode Lizards During My Internship  - a blogpost by Camile, 2016 YES! GGI Intern

Cute Geckos and 'Juicy Sequences' in My Genomics Internship

Posted December 22, 2016 - 4:45pm

The Thrill of DNA Barcoding (and Frog Eggs)

Posted December 19, 2016 - 9:49am

Sequencing My First Plate of DNA - 'Priceless'

Posted December 15, 2016 - 10:35am

Sequencing My First Plate of DNA - 'Priceless'  - a blogpost by Joan, 2016 YES! GGI Intern

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.

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...

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...

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