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NHC Summer Scholarships

   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.

Bartlett and colleagues receive NSF grant

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.

Dumont and colleagues use 3-D to analyze fossil bites

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.

Summer Scholarship Reports - Daniel Petersen and Zeena Casteel

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 publishes study on climate and African mammals

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.

NHC Summer Fellowships Awarded

The 2016 summer fellowships from the Natural History Collections have been awarded to two graduate students and two undergraduates.

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.

Normark Wins NSF Grant

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.

New Curator of Primatology Named

The Natural History Collections welcomes Jason Kamilar, Assistant Professor of Anthropology as Curator of Primatology.

Patterns in Nature: An exhibit in the Integrated Science Building

Kate Doyle, Collections Manager, has installed an exhibit in the lobby of the Integrated Science Building illustrating "Patterns in Nature"