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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.


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

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 Envir

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...

Ben Normark new Direction of Collections

Ben Normark, Professor of Biology, has been named Director of Collections replacing Betsy Dumont, who was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, effective September 25, 2014.

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.


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.

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