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Museum School Starts Second Year

MS8Last Friday we had our first group of adult GED students visit our lab in the School of Life Sciences along with their teacher Linda Putnum from the RSC Southern Adult Learning Center campus. The class launches the second year of this biodiversity outreach pilot program serving this population. Volunteer teachers and assistants included Michael Shillingburg, Dr. Elizabeth Davidson, and student Naomi Pier. Read more  here.


Weekly reading: reconciled trees and New Guinean historical biogeography

This week we are discussing an empirical paper that makes use of Page’s (1994) reconciled trees and TreeMap programs: van Welzen, P.C., H. Turner & M.C. Roos. 2001. New Guinea: a correlation between accreting areas and dispersing Sapindaceae. Cladistics 17: 242-247.

Early stages of Alameda construction – future ASU natural history collections research and outreach space

Here are some early stage photos, taken on September 20, 2013, of the future space at 734 W Alameda Drive (Tempe) that will house the School of Life Sciences’ Natural History Collections and associated research, informatics, teaching, and outreach activities. Constructions started approximately two weeks ago.

Update, November 05, 2013: The SoLS “Phase II” (south) section of the Alameda Building (ca. 24,000 sq. ft.) will be named: Alameda Biocollections and Biodiversity Informatics Complex; abbreviated ABBIC.



Using SCAN to construct a virtual checklist and key

Presentation Notes for the Arthropod Biodiversity Sessions held on September 19, 2013, at the 12th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau, Northern Arizona University.

Using SCAN to Construct an Arthropod Checklist – Preliminary Insights from the “Weevils of North America” Project

Nico Franz, Michael Shillingburg & Sarah Shirota Read more

New Biodiversity Data Journal: Readable by humans and machines

A new, innovative Biodiversity Data Journal has been created in association with Pensoft Publishers, a company whose thematic vision and entrepreneurial and technical savvy jointly represent one of the most significant steps into the future of biodiversity informatics made over the past decade. Read more about the Journal’s agenda and platform in the inaugural paper.

2013 BIO 386 course has third field trip to First Water Trailhead

On Sunday, September 15, students of the ASU-SoLS General Entomology course BIO 386 had their third collecting trip to the First Water Trailhead, an accessible and scenic area of the Superstition Mountains. The habitat was in good condition with many Odonata species and and other aquatic insects. The proper way to record the locality information is “U.S.: AZ: Pinal Co.; First Water Trailhead (FR 78) at Hwy 88; 33.487098, -111.441984; general coll. & aquatic net; leg. N. Franz [replace with your name], IX-15-2013″. See more photos here.

Weekly reading: Maps between trees of genes, organisms, and areas

This week we will read one of the introductory paper’s for Roderic Page’s Component 2.0 software program: Page, R.D.M. 1994. Maps between trees and cladistic analysis of historical associations among genes, organisms, and areas. Systematic Biology 43: 58-77.

An outstanding virtual collection of insect images

A recent post on The Atlantic showcases Sam Droege’s outstanding habitus photography of insects. Thanks to Samantha Hauserman for sharing the link.