Undergraduate Research Positions Available!!!

The Thompson Lab of Mammalogy is seeking the help of 2 undergraduate researchers to assist with a collaborative project with the University of Michigan Medical School.  The project is examining secular changes in bone strength that have been observed in humans.  It is thought that these changes may result in part from exposure to environmental chemicals.  To …

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Myers Endowed Award for Field Research established

To honor the UMMZ Mammal Division’s Curator and Professor Emeritus Phil Myers’ passion for and contributions to field biology and his commitment to education, Curator and Professor Emeritus James Patton, University of California, Berkeley, gave a generous gift to create the Dr. Phil Myers Endowed Award for Field Research.  Dr. Patton’s gift will establish a scholarship for graduate students doing field- …

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Local Middle School Visits Mammal Collections

I recently had the opportunity to give a tour of UMMZ mammal collections to 41 middle school students from the St. Damian School.  The students and their teachers had the opportunity to learn about mammals and the importance of natural history collections.  For more information, read the news item published on the UMMZ website!!!

Shi wins N. American Society for Bat Research’s Koopman Prize

UMMZ doctoral student, Jeff Shi, recently received the Karl F. Koopman Prize from the North American Society for Bat Research.  Shi presented “Speciation and skull morphological evolution are decoupled across extant bats”.  Shi and Michigan undergraduate, Nathan Katlein, have been utilizing bat specimens from the UMMZ Mammal Division in their research.

100 Years Without the Passenger Pigeon

Great article on the 100-year anniversary of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction!!!  The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) currently has an exhibit, commemorating the bird’s demise.  The exhibit features several specimens deposited in the UMMZ.  Check out the UMMNH’s website for more information.

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