Congressional night at NMNH

Last night was the Smithsonian’s Congressional Night, which rotates between museums each year. This year, NMNH hosted senators, representatives, families, and staff from Capitol Hill to visit the museum and learn about the science we do here.

The event was well-timed with the recent opening of the new Deep Time exhibit, so members of Congress got to see the museum’s newly unveiled fossils as well as information on the history of the planet and how humans are changing it. More on Deep Time here: https://wapo.st/2Qo1pjI

The Braun Lab was represented at the event, as well. Mike was in the fossil hall telling  visitors about the dinosaurs still alive today — birds!

December Phylopizza

Our December PhyloPizza event will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, at 5:30pm in the Vertebrate Zoology Seminar Room (WG-33). Dr. Klaus-Peter Koepfli will give a talk entitled “Applying genomics to inform conservation management of ex situ populations of the critically endangered dama gazelle (Nanger dama).” Join us!

Photo by Budhan Pukazhenthi

 

 

Red Siskin Initiative in the news

Our international collaboration to save Red Siskins got some press yesterday! Read on below to learn about how we are conserving siskin habitat through Bird Friendly coffee farms.

English:
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/11/01/world/americas/ap-lt-venezuela-rare-bird-rescue.html

Spanish:
https://apnews.com/d3dabf29671a4cd581c9f53b735d1cd8

Read more about the Red Siskin Initiative here:
http://www.redsiskin.org/

Read more about Bird Friendly Coffee here:
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds/bird-friendly-coffee

Welcome, Shauna!

The Braun Lab welcomes its newest member, Shauna Rasband. Shauna is a PhD student at the University of Maryland – College Park. She got her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and comes to us most recently from the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability. Read more about Shauna’s research on the People page.

October PhyloPizza

Our October PhyloPizza event will take place on Tuesday, October 9th, at 5:30pm in the Vertebrate Zoology Seminar Room (WG-33). Dr. Lily Hughes will give a talk entitled “Tackling ‘Data Error’ in Phylogenomics with a Case Study in Fishes.” Join us!

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April Phylopizza

Our April PhyloPizza event will take place on Tuesday, April 10, at 5:30pm in the Vertebrate Zoology Seminar Room (WG-33). Dr. Ben Busby will give a talk entitled “NCBI Resources for Next-generation Phylogenetic Analysis.” Join us!

Welcome, Kevin!

The Braun Lab welcomes its new member, Kevin Bennett. Kevin is a PhD student at the University of Maryland – College Park. He comes to us from his Master’s program at Fordham University in New York. Read more about Kevin’s research on the People page.

Congratulations Dr. White!

Congratulations to Noor White, who successfully defended her PhD a the University of Maryland last week. Noor has received a three-year postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation, and will be moving to the National Institutes of Health to continue her research in the molecular basis of evolution of vision.