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Discovery and Danger: The Shocking Fishes of the Amazon’s Final Frontier

Posted August 1, 2018 - 2:49pm

From our canoe I could see something moving under the surface of the murky water - something big...

Read more about C. David de Santana's GGI-funded excursion to the Amazon here.

Collecting salamandar DNA, intern gets 'crash course' in modern field biology

Posted August 23, 2017 - 2:20pm

Finding and catching salamanders might look like something Eastern Mennonite University senior Cerrie Mendoza would have done as a science-loving child, but in reality, amphibian hide-and-seek was just one aspect of her internship this summer. Mendoza, a biology major from El Paso, Texas, is taking part in a collaboration pilot project between the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the U. S.

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...


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