Thursday, May 9, 2013

Final Project Presentations

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Video clip from the class presentations - congrats to all participants! Great works! All class materials will be available on the AIM-UP! website LINK

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Melding the web and the tactile - AIM-UP! oeb 275br class

Harvard, other schools create a virtual classroom that uses museum collections. The AIM-UP! class is featured on Harvard Gazette. LINK

Melding the Web and the tactile

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

avian coloration lab

We had a great time in a lab exercise about plumage coloration. The new Pavo program in R is really  a wonderful tool to quantify color data. LINK  Photo: Jeremiah Trimble

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Standardizing Field Protocols to Track Specimen (Tissue) Quality

Given the sensitivity of many molecular methods to variation in specimen preparation and that specimens may undergo different field and curatorial preparations prior to being accessioned into museum collections, are there any efforts to standardize such protocols and/or add such documentation to specimen annotations? I think this can be pertinent and helpful. Just as an example, I have stable isotopes and microbial work in mind, where specimen handling, preparation, and storage can impact data quality and validity.


Anh-Thu Elaine Vo

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pigeons, in All Their Genetic Variety

“The diversity of the breeds is something astonishing,” he wrote a few years later in “On the Origin of Species” — a work greatly informed by his experiments with the birds.
Pigeon breeding, Darwin argued, was an analogy for what happened in the wild. Nature played the part of the fancier, selecting which individuals would be able to reproduce... continue reading LINK