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UMass Amherst Biologist Receives Fulbright to Study Ancient Native Plants and Invasive Insect Threat
AMHERST, Mass. – Benjamin Normark, professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was recently selected as a Fulbright scholar and will spend the fall 2016 semester in Mexico documenting the spread of the insect, cycad aulacaspis scale.
Benjamin Normark, Director of Collections, has been awarded a $653,000 NSF grant to study armored scale insects on four continents. In cooperation with Geoff Morse, from the University of San Diego, and graduate student Daniel Peterson.
Kate Doyle, Collections Manager, has installed an exhibit in the lobby of the Integrated Science Building illustrating "Patterns in Nature"
Curator of Fossil Vertebrates and Emeritus Professor of Biology Margery Coombs was awarded honorary membership in the SVP recognizing her "distinguished contribution to vertebrate paleontology".
Laurie Godfrey, Curator of Primates, along with Professor Alfred Rosenberger of Brooklyn College, led a team which discovered a large fossil lemur "graveyard" in underwater caves in Madagascar. Besides giant lemurs the caves contained fossils of other extinct species such as elephan birds, horned crocodiles and extinct hippos.
Jeff Podos, Curator of Birds, has co-edited the book, "Animal Signaling and Function: An Integrative Approach", with collleagues Duncan Irschick, UMass Biology Professor, and Mark Briffa, an associate professor in animal behavior at Plymouth University, U.K.