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2019 GGI Awards Programs for Smithsonian and Affiliated Researchers

Posted October 2, 2018 - 3:22pm

The annual Global Genome Initiative (GGI) Peer Review Awards Program and GGI Rolling Awards Program are now open for FY19. Smithsonian and affiliated researchers are invited to apply.

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.

Ferns: Curious Life Cycles and Remarkable Biodiversity

Posted April 16, 2018 - 11:39am

Go behind the scenes and meet Dr. Eric Schuettpelz, a botanist who studies ferns at the National Museum of Natural History. Have you ever noticed how distinct ferns look and wondered why? Get a glimpse of the diversity of ferns in the Smithsonian's plant collection. Take a closer look with Eric at the unique aspects of fern life cycles. Figure out what having spores, but not seeds, means for a fern's fertility. Challenge yourself to better understand the unusual flexibility of fern reproduction.

Hawaii plant life on ice: preserving Hawaii’s unique plant life for genomic research

Posted February 28, 2018 - 10:18am

The flora of the Hawaiian Islands is comprised of ~90% endemic specie, many of which are threatened or endangered. In 2016 the Global Genome Initiative funded a project, the goal of which was to collect genomic quality DNA samples of as many endemic plant species as possible from the Hawaiian Islands to aid in conservation strategies. The project specifically targeted the endemic plant species of the Compositae from the island of Hawaii as a preliminary effort with collections of other endemic taxa when visiting collecting sites.

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.

The Thrill of DNA Barcoding (and Frog Eggs)

Posted December 19, 2016 - 9:49am

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