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  • Statewide Biodiversity Survey

    Published05/07/2020

    In 2019, Bell Museum curators embarked on the creation of a baseline biodiversity survey to document plant and animal species on six U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation areas, with a particular focus on locating species of conservation concern.
  • Reading the Signs from Salamanders

    Published04/30/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    While the “Salamander Capital of the World” isn’t a top roadside attraction, it does tell us a lot more about the past and future of our species than dinosaur sculptures ever will (no offense to Dinny the Dino). Located in the southern Appalachian mountains, this region is a rainbow of…
  • Exploring Plants and Their Chemicals

    Published03/31/2020

    Ya Yang, our curator of plants, is leading a $1.4 million collaborative project with Sam Brockington at Cambridge University, Hiroshi Maeda at University of Wisconsin, and Stephen Smith at University of Michigan. Support for Yang’s team here at the University is $480,000. We sat down to get some details on…
  • Something Fishy at the Bell

    Published03/27/2020

    Keiffer Williams, Alex Franzen, and Claire Rude are UMN students using the Bell’s fish collections for research.
  • Meet Ficus umbrae

    Published

    George Weiblen, our science director and curator of plants, along with student Zacky Ezedin described a new species—Ficus umbrae—in 2019.
  • Predicting the Future With Plants

    Published01/22/2020 , By Eve Daniels

    What do a rare coconut from the Seychelles and a 100-year-old wildflower from Minnesota have in common? This might sound like the setup to a bad botany joke, but there’s a serious connection between them. Found on only two islands in the world, the endangered double coconut is currently threatened…
  • Like a Duck to Water

    Published12/17/2019 , By Eve Daniels

    Sushma Reddy’s earliest, most vivid memory with birds wasn’t in a tropical rainforest or a remote mountain range. It was in New York City. As she was finishing her undergraduate studies in environmental science at Barnard College, Reddy landed an internship at the American Museum of Natural History, which is…
  • Conserving Audubon’s ‘Birds’

    Published , By Don Luce

    No single person better represents the integration of science, art, and nature than John James Audubon (1785-1851). Read more about the eccentric genius behind Birds of America.
  • Going to Bat for Biodiversity

    Published10/31/2019 , By Eve Daniels

    Curator Sharon Jansa sees the mammals collection as a window into understanding past biodiversity & how we can shape and approach the future.
  • Mapping Change: Set One Complete!

    Published09/24/2019

    Thanks to our dedicated transcribers, we’ve just finished our first dataset on our citizen science project, Mapping Change! 4,425 volunteers, 106,584 classifications & 17,713 specimen records!