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Betsy Dumont, Director of Natural History Collections and Curator of Mammals participates in new approach to combine evolutionary and engineering analyses to analyze bat skull shapes

Dumont, along with mechanical engineer Ian Grosse at UMass Amherst, and evolutionary biologist Lilian Davalos of stony Brook University, will study the adaptive radiation of New World leaf-nosed bats.

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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.

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.

Lemur fossils discovered in underwater cave in Madagascar

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.

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Jeff Podos co-edits book on animal signaling

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.

Betsy Dumont, Director of Natural History Collections and Curator of Mammals participates in new approach to combine evolutionary and engineering analyses to analyze bat skull shapes

Dumont, along with mechanical engineer Ian Grosse at UMass Amherst, and evolutionary biologist Lilian Davalos of stony Brook University, will study the adaptive radiation of New World leaf-nosed bats.

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Yi-Fen Lin's report in the New York Times

Recently Yi'-Fen Lin, graduate student in Betsy Dumont's lab, presented her mole study (see in summer reports below) at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meetings.

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Reports from summer fellowship students

The reports from recipients of the NHC summer fellowships are coming in.

Cox Fernandes and Colleague Discover Two New Species of Electric Fish

Curator of Fishes and Biology faculty member Cristina Cox Fernandes helped discover two new species of electric fish (genus Brachyhypopomus).

Ben Normark receives NSF grant

Curator of Insects Benjamin Normark has been awarded a $653,000 grant

Herbarium receives grant for digitization

The Herbarium of the University of Massachusetts recently received a four-year NSF "Advancing Digitization in Biological Collections Thematic Collections Network" grant as part of a consortium of five other New England herbaria including those at Harvard and Yale.

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