To David Hurt, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research on the potential effects of ocean acidification on the physiology and behavior of porcelain crabs during their development.
To Emily Lindsey who received the 2011 George D. Louderback award to support her research on the exchange of megafauna between North and South America.
To Rosemary Romero, who has been awarded the Office of the President's 2011–2012 Mentor Research Award.
To Allison Stegner who received an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and also was accepted to attend the Paleobiology Database Quantitative Methods course in Australia. Allison is using the Quaternary paleontological record to understand how past and present-day communities are related.
To Masahiko Nakayama for his very generous donation of his extraordinary shell collection! Due both to their rarity and beauty, many of the shells have already found their way into our teaching collections, and the remainder will be re-packaged into "kits" with suggested activities to motivate student learning and made available to local K-12 teachers. We are most appreciative!
And some sad news …
Harley Garbani, who worked with UCMP field parties in Montana since 1972, passed away April 20th. His many contributions to our collections include the hadrosaur skull exhibited in the atrium just outside the door to the museum and the skull of a very young Triceratops, a restoration of which is on display in the Biosciences library. Harley was a great friend of many generations of UCMP students and staff and he will be missed by all of us. We'll have more on Harley in the next issue of UCMP News.
Clues to the early evolution of plants
Cindy Looy takes notes on fossil conifers in the NMNH collections.
Intrigued? Then tune in to the UCMP blog where you can follow a series of articles on UCMP field work, work in the collections, featured fossils, UCMP events, and more!
Looy photo by Susan Tremblay