7 Sep 11

Postdoc, Josh Drew, has written a piece titled "The Role of Natural History Institutions and Bioinformatics in Conservation Biology" which will be published in the 25th Anniversary edition of Conservation Biology this coming December.

5 Sep 11

The second edition of the free, online collaborative Encyclopedia of Life debuted on Monday with a redesign and new features making it easier to use, to personalize, and to interact with fellow enthusiasts worldwide. It is also vastly expanded, offering information on more than one-third of all known species on Earth.

The new interface makes it easy for users to find organisms of interest; to create personal collections of photos and information; to find or upload pictures, videos and sounds; and to share comments, questions and expertise with users worldwide who share similar interests.

2 Sep 11

BioSynC has published the first issue of our newsletter. This quarterly newsletter will bring you reports and updates on past and future synthesis meetings, research and outreach projects from BioSynC and postings from the Encyclopedia of Life. Click here to check out the inaugural issue!

28 Aug 11

Torsten Dikow welcomed Brazilian Ph.D. student Julia Almeida for a four month visit to the FMNH on August 25. Julia is a Ph.D. student at the Universidade de São Paulo and the Museu de Zoologia, MZUSP, in São Paulo, Brazil where she is working on the taxonomy and evolutionary relationships among mydas flies of the subfamily Mydinae. Among the currently 85 species of Mydinae, which are restricted to the New World and found from southern Canada to northern Argentina, is the largest known fly named Gauromydas heros (Perty, 1833) from southern Brazil.

25 Aug 11

Torsten Dikow travelled to Manaus, Brazil from August 4-7 in order to work in the collection of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Aamazônia, INPA. INPA is a federally-funded research institute in Brazil dedicated to the study of the biodiversity of the Amazon region. Several interesting specimens of robber flies (Asilidae) and mydas flies (Mydidae) of importance to his current research project funded by an NSF REVSYS grant were studied and photographed. For example, Torsten discovered several specimens of the rarely encountered robber-fly genus Schildia, on which he published an article in Insect Systematics & Evolution in 2009.