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NHC Summer Fellowships for 2013

The Natural History Collections Summer Fellowships for 2013 have been awarded to six students: three graduate students in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program and three undergraduates in Anthropology, Biology, and Environmental Conservation. The average awarded was $3,000. The recipients are:

Matthew Boyer, from Lynn Adler’s lab for his study, “Effects of an invasive plant species on natural selection on a native plant mediated by pollinators and herbivores”;

A new Amazonian electric fish genus and species discovered in Brazil's Rio Negro by Cristina Cox Fernandes and Colleagues

Cristina Cox Fernandes, Curator of Fishes with the Natural History Collections and colleagues Adilia Nogueira and Jose Antonio Alves-Gomes of the Insituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia in Brazil have described a new bluntnose knifefish...

NHC Summer Fellowships for 2014

NHC summer fellowships were in 2014 to two Organismic and Evolutionary Biology graduate students, Scott Schneider, a student of Ben Normark in the Biology Department, studied armored scale insects, a significant economic pest, and Anne Stengle, a student of Paul Sievert in the Department of Environmental Conservation received and award for her study "Genetic variation, habitat seletion, connectivity, and viability of timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) populations in New England".

Baskin Awarded Marie Curie Fellowship by European Union for Research in UK

Curator of the Living Plant Collection Tobias Baskin has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the European Union to support his sabbatical leave at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom for the 2014-15 academic year.

The fellowships support mid-career and senior scientists doing research within the EU and are highly competitive. Baskin will investigate the cellular dynamics of root growth, taking advantage of advanced microscopes and the centre's expertise in computer vision.

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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.

Margery Coombs honored by Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

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".

Reports from Summer 2015 Fellowship

During the summer of 2015 two graduate students and an undergraduate worked on researcy projects with the help of fellowships from the Natural History Collections.

Natural History Collections Summer Fellowships Awarded.

Four graduate students have been awarded NHC Summer Fellowships for 2015.

Betsy Dumont receives award from bat society

Betsy Dumont, Curator of Mammals and recent Director of Collections, was recognized at the North American Society for Bat Research for her “outstanding service and contribution to the field of Chiropteran biology” at the meeting of the NASBR, October 22-25, at Albany, New York.  She is the 21st r

Betsy Dumont receives two NSF Collaborative Research Grants

Dumont, Curator of Mammals, is a participant in two recent NSF grants

Alan Richmond receives award from the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists

Al Richmond, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, received a national award for meritorious teaching at the recent meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists at Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Baskin Awarded Marie Curie Fellowship by European Union for Research in UK

Curator of the Living Plant Collection Tobias Baskin has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship from the European Union to support his sabbatical leave at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom for the 2014-15 academic

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