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Open access genomic resources for terrestrial arthropods

Posted January 9, 2018 - 11:20am

Genome sequencing initiatives like the Arthropod i5k project and other biodiversity genomics research rely on access to high quality DNA and/or tissue. Global collection initiatives such as the Smithsonian Global Genome Initiative (GGI) and its partner network, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) aim to provide access to these resources at high-quality standards. Here, we review progress toward providing genomic resources (tissues, DNA, genomes) for terrestrial arthropods, a megadiverse animal group, and compare progress in genome sequencing to all other animals....

2018 GGI Rolling Awards Program

Posted December 18, 2017 - 3:30pm

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) Rolling Awards Program provides funding to Smithsonian-affiliated researchers for projects that support GGI goals of expeditionary research and development of genomic biodiversity science at the SI. Requests up to $30,000 with clear budget justifications will be considered. Smaller proposals to enhance field work and/or acquire genomic collections are especially encouraged. Proposals with a DNA barcoding component may be jointly considered and/or funded by the SI Barcode Network.

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.

Offshore Drilling: Regulator hands over deep sea creatures to Smithsonian

Posted March 10, 2017 - 1:39pm

Katie Ahlfeld opened a steel tank on a recent Tuesday to reveal one of the Smithsonian Institution's prize possessions: a 26-foot giant squid from the Gulf of Mexico.

"It feels like a wet rubber band," the museum specialist said, offering up a tentacle and pointing out the sharp-toothed suckers that grip prey.

The squid arrived at the museum in 2009, frozen and stuffed into a 5-gallon bucket. Federal scientists had pulled it up in a trawl net, proof that the elusive species lives deep in Gulf waters.

GGBN 2017 Regional Asian Workshop

Posted November 17, 2016 - 11:00am

The Global Genome Biodiversity Network Workshop on Linking DNA and Tissue Collections in Asia
China National Genebank (CNGB), Shenzhen, China
July 21-22, 2017

GGI Contract Employment Opportunities

Posted November 10, 2016 - 4:46pm

GGI is currently seeking to fill two full-time contract positions. For more information, and to apply, email ggi@si.edu.

GGI Vertebrate Zoology Technician
This 12-month contract position shall provide professional, technical, non-personal collections management services associated with GGI vertebrate samples and morphological vouchers.

Greater than X kb: a quantitative assessment of preservation conditions on genomic DNA quality, and a proposed standard for genome-quality DNA

Posted October 19, 2016 - 9:36am

Mulcahy DG, Macdonald KS III, 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 4:e2528 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2528

Global Genome Initiative Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Posted October 17, 2016 - 2:51pm

The Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowships are two-year fellowships that contribute specifically to the goals of the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) at the National Museum of Natural History and include a 60% time commitment to biodiversity genomic research and 40% commitment to other GGI related activities.  The fellowships are aimed at increasing the capacity for biodiversity genomics at the National Museum of Natural History.

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.

A Workflow to Preserve Genome-Quality Tissue Samples from Plants in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

Posted September 21, 2016 - 11:07am

Morgan R. Gostel, Carol Kelloff, Kyle Wallick, and Vicki A. Funk (2016) A Workflow to Preserve Genome-Quality Tissue Samples From Plants in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Botanical Society of America. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/apps.1600039

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