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Jeff Podos, Curator of Birds, is studying Amazonian bellbirds this summer via a Fulbright Fellowship. With longtime collaborator Mario Cohn-Haft, a staff member of the National Institute for Amazon Research in Brazil, Podos will be research how these small birds produce such booming songs.
Jason Kamilar, Curator of Fossil Primates, has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of Evolutionary Anthropology, a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on current issues in biological anthropology, paleontology, archaeology, primatology, genetics, human ecology and other areas pertinent to
The NHC Summer Scholarship program offers support for student research that is collections related – that is using or contributing to the UMass or other natural history collections.
Madelaine Bart.ett, Curator of Living Plants, has received an $812,000 NSF grant as part of a team which will study the plant stem cell genes amd the role they play in more and bigger fruit. Bartlet is an evolutionary plan biologist.
Betsy Dumont, Curator of Mammals, with graduate student Andrew John Conith and colleagues, used 3-D printed replicas of fossil teeth of early shrew-like mammals to analyze likely damage to prey as well as bite force and work required.
Daniel Peterson is studying the evolution of ecological specialization by investigating evidence for trade-offs between specialization and ‘jack-of-all trades’ feeding in armored scale insects (Family Diaspididae).
Jason Kamilar, Curator of Primates, and colleagues have published a study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on the effect of climate and the distribution of mammals in Africa.
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