NextEngine challenges in all their 3 dimensional glory

In preparation for a presentation Andrea and I will do at the upcoming 3D Digitization of Fossils for Educators & Citizen Scientists workshop next week, we have been practicing using the surface scanner and picking out fun, simple specimens to use for a demonstration. In doing so, we were also able to practice dealing with some of the real world challenges in surface scanning. For those not attending the conference, I’ll save you from missing out on this portion of the talk. Continue reading


SPNHC 2015!

This week the FLMNH hosted the annual Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections’ conference. I was lucky enough to be able to both volunteer at and attend the event. Continue reading

Watch NNB4 Live!

If you would like to watch the presentations being given at NNB4 live, check out the livestream on STRI’s website here. The page says that the next webcast is January 20th, however if you download from the “direct link” (see the “Problem viewing this page?” box on the page), the livestream of NNB4 should start playing on your computer’s media player if you are watching at a time when events are scheduled (refer to the Program and Abstract booklet posted in the last blog post here). If it does not work, follow the rest of the instructions in the “Problem viewing this page?” box on the page. Happy watching!

NNB4 Presentations Start Today!

GABISeveral of us from PCP PIRE are currently in Panama attending the fourth meeting of the Network for Neotropical Biogeography (NNB4). Today is the first of two days of presentations where we will hear and talk about exciting new research being done on the Neotropics. The conference is being live-streamed over the web here.  The live-stream will also be available after the conference.  If you want to get an idea of what our PIRE representatives are presenting on, check out the research overview page on the website to see brief synopses of their abstracts. If you want to read the full abstracts, see what other attendees are presenting on, or just learn more about the conference, read the NNB4 Program and Abstracts booklet here.

First huddle of 2015

PCP PIRE had its first huddle of 2015 yesterday and there are a lot of exciting things in store this month. Several members of PCP PIRE, including the Spring 2015 cohort of field interns, will be headed down to Panama from January 13-17 to attend the Network for Neotropical Biogeography 4 Conference (NNB4). Be sure to check in next week to see what they are doing. The new museum interns will be arriving at FLMNH January 20th and will be taking on a variety of projects including 3-D scanning. In outreach and education news, GABI RET has received many new lessons from their past participants and will be conducting new role model visits as well as picking the teachers for their next cohort (check out their website here to find out more). There’s a lot going on, so check back frequently to see what’s new!

NSF Post-doc Amanda Waite at AGU

Currently Amanda Waite (featured in the September eNewsletter) as well as several other PCP PIRE affiliates are at the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco.  Amanda is live-tweeting the event, so be sure to follow here on Twitter: @amandajwaite