Monthly Archives: September 2011

Day 2 at the Smithsonian

Today was my second day at the Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center (MSC). It is hard to express just how vast the Smithsonian’s holdings are, even in natural history alone (remember that the natural history museum is just one branch of … Continue reading

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Smithsonian visit

I began a three-day visit to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History today. More specifically I spent most of the morning in “Building 26“, the warehouse in Maryland where many of the NMNH whales are housed. A huge … Continue reading

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From the Collections Room (Cryptolithus tesselatus)

For the last several weeks several activities have been keeping me busy, but out of the field and the lab. Specifically, I’ve been working on four manuscripts (some with deadlines), a poster for the SVP meeting, several lectures, and our … Continue reading

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Field trip for Roanoke College Elderscholars

Yesterday DB Poli and I ran a field trip to Botetourt County for the Roanoke College Elderscholar Program. This focused on the geology and iron mining history of the Eagle Rock and Roaring Run areas, as well as the botany of these … Continue reading

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Identifying homologies

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing some anatomical work on baleen whales, including the Lake Waccamaw Balaenula skull (above).  As part of this work I’ve been trying to identify various features of the skull and compare them to … Continue reading

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High levels of awesome in scientific papers

I’ve had a hard time getting new blog posts written over the last month. After spending so much time in the field over the summer, I’m now mostly sitting in front of the computer writing exhibit text, trying to get … Continue reading

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