Dr Lisa Munger recently brought students from her UH Manoa Marine Mammal Biology class to the Vertebrate Zoology collecton for a behind-the-scenes tour. After seeing marine mammal skeletons in the collection room, the tour ended with a visit to the sperm whale display in Hawaiian Hall.
Dr. Alan Cooper of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide visited the Vertebrate Zoology collection recently to sample some of our sub-fossil bones. He used a specialized drill to remove tiny pieces from the bones. Hopefully, those pieces contain enough DNA to further their study of jungle fowl colonization events in the Pacific Islands.
Science Fair Judging 2013- Scientists from Bishop Museum judged the first annual Science Fair at Maunawili Elementary School for the 6th grade class- the future scientists of Hawaii!
Dr. Gibbe Parsons visiting the Vertebrate Zoology collection. He’s standing next to some albatross specimens collected by his relative, Rollo Beck, in the 1920’s. Dr. Parsons has visited 15 other museums across the country researching the story and birds of Rollo Beck, who was an ornithologist, explorer, and taxidermist extraordinaire.
Bishop Museum’s Herbarium Pacificum has added more than 150 new specimens to our Type Specimen Collection in the past month! These treasures are the original specimens to which the scientific name of that plant species is formally attached.
Drs Barbara Parris, from the Fern Research Foundation, New Zealand, and Alan Smith from the University of California, have been hard at work this week in Bishop Museum’s Herbarium Pacificum, curating both newly collected fern specimens from New Guinea (seen here) and fern collections from Hawaii and the Pacific. Their stay in Hawaii has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
This species (Megalagroin leptodemas) is found only on the island of Oahu and is considered the rarest and most endangered of the endemic damselflies found only on Oahu. Historically known from both mountain ranges of Oahu, it is now only known from 4 populations in the Koolau Range, the Waianae populations having been extirpated. This species is being studied by Bishop Museum and UH scientists who are interested in microhabitat selection and figuring out how damselflies see.