This is the our second museum-wide discussion events organized by the Senate of Scientists CDAB (Committee on Diversity, Antiracism, and Belonging) to advance equity and inclusion in NMNH science. The goal of the program is to have a facilitated group discussion with experienced experts who think and care deeply about mentoring in academic contexts, especially by focusing on career stages and roles that could increase the effectiveness of our museum's efforts to increase diversity through mentorship. The intent is also to hear about other efforts in this area and think about how our own museum science community might incorporate these useful approaches into our mentorship strategy.
If you want to learn more about our amazing moderator Liz Cottrell (Research Geologist, Curator-in-Charge of Rocks and Ores, and Co-Director of NSF REU Site: NHRE, at NMNH) and panelists follow the links!
Travis York: Director of Inclusive STEM Ecosystems for Equity & Diversity (ISEED) at AAAS;
Julia Fulghum: Director of ADVANCE at UNM and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at University of New Mexico;
Caroline Solomon: Professor of Biology and Director of the School of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics and Public Health (STAMP) at Gallaudet University;Sweeney Windchief: Associate Professor of Education at Montana State University;
Tim McCoy: Chair of Mineral Sciences and Curator of Meteorites at NMNH.
Delighted to see our society becoming more diverse & inclusive during the 16th Deep-Sea Biology Simposium
Today, I'll be talking at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography about... FishES: Fish Evolution & Systematics in the Anthropocene
Climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and other factors are already affecting the distribution range, migratory habits, and stock size of many marine fish species. Reliable estimation of phylogeny is central to avoid inaccuracy in downstream macroevolutionary inferences. The large amount of data generated with next generation sequencing has addressed the stochastic sampling related with limited number of phylogenetically informative characters. However, genomic scale studies are prone to systematic error due to the presence of nonphylogenetic signal. As phylogenomic data sets are steadily growing, it is crucial to develop and employ methods to assess and understand the extent to which systematic error affects phylogenetic inference and explore ways of mitigating this in empirical studies. In this talk we will explore methodological and biological sources of systematic error that can result in biased or incorrect parameter estimates when reconstructing phylogeny using the gadiform fishes as a model clade.
Using molecular techniques across multiple scales coupled with morphological and ecological data is ideal for a better understanding of the evolution of commercially and ecological valuable fishes. This is necessary for effective fisheries management and the preservation of reproductive and genetic diversity. Although, my research is focused on fish, the questions are universal to the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology and can be applied to any organism.
Metabarcoding techniques are a set of novel genetic tools for qualitatively and quantitatively assessing biodiversity of natural communities. Their potential applications include (but are not limited to) accurate water quality, soil diversity assessment, trophic analyses of digestive contents, diagnosis of health status of fisheries, early detection of non-indigenous species, studies of global ecological patterns and biomonitoring of anthropogenic impacts. This workshop gives an overview of metabarcoding procedures with an emphasis on practical problem-solving and hands-on work using analysis pipelines on real datasets. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) understand the potential and capabilities of metabarcoding, (2) run complete analyses of metabarcoding pipelines and obtain diversity inventories and ecologically interpretable data from raw next-generation sequence data and (3) design their own metabarcoding projects, using bespoke primer sets and custom reference databases. All course materials (including copies of presentations, practical exercises, data files, and example scripts prepared by the instructing team) will be provided electronically to participants.
Instructors: Dr. Alex Zizka (iDiv) and Dr. Daniele Silvestro (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
The public availability of large-scale species distribution data has increased drastically over the last ten years. In particular, due to the aggregation of records from museums and herbaria, and citizen science in public databases such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). This is leading to a ‘big data’ revolution in biogeography, which holds an enormous but still poorly explored potential for understanding large scale patterns and drivers of biodiversity in space and time... this is super exciting!!!
This week, I will be learning about seascape genetics/genomics, an emerging and multidisciplinary research field that studies how the underwater environment shapes the genomic diversity and connectivity of marine organisms!
INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Mark Ravinet & Dr. Joana I. Meier
More information about this amazing course www.physalia-courses.org/courses-workshops/course70/
Join us in the Virtual Science Cafe to learn about the cutting-edge research taking place at the Natural Museum of Natural History. Thursday, October 1, 5:00-6:00 PM.
En el seminario les conté a los participantes acerca de las características que hacen que un pez sea un pez; usamos una clave dicotómica para identificar peces a nivel de especie. y les mostré algunas de las increíbles adaptaciones que tienen los peces para poder vivir en diferentes hábitats. Yo espero que los niños y sus familias la próxima vez que vean un pez, piensen de acuerdo con la forma del cuerpo ¿donde viven?, ¿que comen?, ¿como se reproducen? Al final invité a los niños a tomar notas en sus "cuadernos de campo" y a mandarnos un dibujo de lo que aprendieron o de una nueva especie dibujada por ellos. ¡Tuvimos en total 160 participantes desde diferentes países en Norte América, Central América, Sur América, y Europa!
Puedes ver la charla aqui:
Algunas de las obras de arte de los niños!
Webinar: What makes fish so fishy? Science How - Distance Learning program, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH)
Have you ever wondered what makes a fish a fish? Why it's important to study them? What kind of work a scientist who studies fish does? Join me in a series of activities to get a head start in the fishy world of fishes!
Our target audience were grades 3-8T and their families. 190 people from 30 schools from North America, Central America, South America, Europe and Asia joined me in a series of activities to get a head start in the fishy world of fishes!
The talk is available in the link below!