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Dr. Jonathan Coddington, arachnologist and director of the Global Genome Initiative, collects specimens in Highlands, NC. These specimens will be preserved on ice, in our biorepository, for researchers to study in perpetuity. Photo by Taina Litwak, USDA
lframe : So cool!! I grew up close to Highlands and will be following along!
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Life in the field can be tough...and very, very wet. But for many Smithsonian scientists, it’s their favorite part of the job. This image was taken in Gabon, during an expedition sponsored by the National Museum of Natural History’s Global Genome Initiative--an effort to preserve and understand the planet’s genomic diversity.
nora6189 : @katefrier Gabon!
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A couple days ago we posted a photo of a botanist collecting an Aloe rauhii specimen for our collections in the U.S. National Herbarium. Our followers wanted to know what an aloe plant looks like after being pressed. So, here is an example. This particular Aloe eru specimen was collected in Eritrea, in East Africa, in 1892.
yarngeek : So what happens to all the gel inside the leaves of the aloe type the other post included? Thank you for showing us this one! It just looks like a type where the gel inside the leaves is not an issue?
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#OTD in 1887, we acquired two Easter Island statues, or moai. Each statue likely represented the deceased head of a lineage, and many were positioned on stone temple platforms facing inland to keep watch over their respective communities.
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katiemurtha : My dream destination
archaetect : Have they ever been requested back? And if they were would the museum willingly give them back to the island?
missrothman : I believe the museum must give them back if it is requested by the native people. But there are many hoops to jump through to accomplish that.
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Smithsonian botanist Vicki Funk prepares the pressed specimen of Aloe rauhii Reynolds (snowflake aloe) at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Photo by Hilary-Morgan Watt, Smithsonian Institution. July 8, 2015.
kirbymorejohn : I'm with the folks above. Can we see a finished press?
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whawome : How often is done?
things_could_be_worse : !
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Elizabeth (Beth) Lins and Sharyn Tureck, volunteers in Education and Outreach Collections. Best friends and neighbors for 39 years, these ladies light up the museum on Thursdays! They have been working with the Education Collections since summer 2012. In 2015 they consolidated Education’s Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mineral Sciences, and Paleobiology collections (including inventories of each!). This provides more security and more accountability for our collections.
chichi_itis : Yay Beth and Sharyn! They were a pleasure to work alongside with
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Roberta (Bobbie) Sirmons has volunteered for more than 5 years with the Department of Paleobiology. She has focused on documenting the accomplishments of American paleobotanist David White. She organized and catalogued all of White's correspondence, field notebooks, and professional correspondence. This work has benefited scientific research. Sleuthing in White's cryptic notes, Bobbie was able to locate all of White’s #fossil collecting localities in 1902, a year when White studied a series of geological strata the age of which remains controversial. She then transferred these to contemporaneous geological maps and to modern geological maps. Bobbie’s efforts were significant enough to warrant co-authorship on a scientific paper that derived from this work. #volunteerappreciationmonth
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justhody : Great story! Thanks Bobbie!
sparkoftheark : Awesome.
lisa_fern : Museum volunteers are so valuable!
vonrockette2 : That's amazing!
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Suzy McIntire has volunteered in FossiLab for nearly 10 years. She has found her niche as a skilled excavator of small vertebrate #fossils. She is a patient, careful, and creative problem solver who contributes to several ongoing research projects in Paleobiology. Her enthusiasm for fossils extends to field work, and her numerous stints as a volunteer field hand have inspired her to develop hands-on experiences for FossiLab visitors that take some of the mystery out of how fossils are found. #VolunteerAppreciationMonth #fossilfriday
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amylpie : We saw her last week when we were there!!!!
amycharlenem : @vsaker This is a great volunteer shout-out.
vsaker : What a wonderful way to honor such hard working and talented folks!
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Mary Monsma, Botany Mary came to the Department of Botany in the early 1970’s as a contract illustrator drawing ferns for David Lellinger’s, “The Ferns and Fern-allies of Costa Rica, Panama, and the Choco: Part 1.” Over the next three decades, she completed 582 drawings for that publication, and another 596 drawings for the unpublished second volume. In 2012 Mary returned to Botany as a volunteer to scan, inventory, and organize her fern illustrations for future inclusion on Botany’s website. Who better to take on this project than the artist herself! #VolunteerAppreciationMonth
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Join us today at 11am and 2pm EDT for a live webcast, "How to Discover a New Mammal Species," with Smithsonian zoologist Kris Helgen. See bio for link.
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