Category Archives: Burke

Best ASIH Symposium that Never Was.

Are you going to the 2015 American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) meetings in Reno, Nevada? If not, then you won’t miss this symposium: “The Next-Generation: Genomic Studies of Herps and Fishes” The ASIH Symposium Committee rejected our proposal.  The … Continue reading

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Anaconda Boxcavation

Last week at the annual Burke Museum Behind the Scenes Night we excavated the skeleton of a yellow anaconda. We acquired the anaconda from the Woodland Park Zoo, and we skinned the snake at the 2013 Behind the Scenes Night. … Continue reading

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In the long run, herpetologist Tyrone Hayes beats big industry

A new article in the New Yorker tells the incredible story of UC Berkeley professor Tyrone Hayes, and his long fight against industry giant Syngenta’s herbicide (and frogicide) atrazine. To put the story in Star Wars terms, Syngenta is the “Evil Empire”, … Continue reading

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Salamander migration

Graduate student Jared Grummer was recently interviewed by the Sammamish Review to discuss salamander breeding and migrations, particularly in rural Seattle areas. Highlights of the article include the following quotes (not necessarily from Jared): – “Salamanders, as it happens, are … Continue reading

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New Species Tree Sampling Design Study

Rebecca Harris has a new paper in the journal Evolution on the influence of sampling design on species tree inference. The paper also has a new phylogeny for New World Chickadees. Link to article.

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