First Brokaw fellow starts at DMNH to work on second Breeding Bird Atlas project

by Lindsay Townsend The Delaware Museum of Natural History welcomed its first Howard and Dede Brokaw Ornithology Fellow, Alex Johnson, to the museum this summer. Johnson spent the summer helping the museum’s Curator of Birds and Director of Collections, Dr. Jean Woods, write up the results of Delaware’s Second Breeding Bird Atlas [...]

2018-08-10T13:42:44+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight|

INSIDER LOOK: The Actual Museum Experience as Told by Students

by Theresa Tran and Imrin Goraya, Widener University Studying science is not the same as applying science, and as biology majors at Widener University, we don’t often get the opportunity to apply our knowledge to the outside world. However, this semester, we have the opportunity of collaborating with Dr. Jean Woods and Dr. Elizabeth Shea, [...]

2018-05-24T15:08:23+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

First Video of “Dumbo” Octopod Hatchling shows they look like mini-adults

Researchers who’ve gotten the first look at a deep-sea “dumbo” octopod hatchling report in Current Biology on February 19 that the young octopods look and act much like adults from the moment they emerge from an egg capsule. Dumbo octopods are so named because their fins resemble Dumbo the elephant’s ears. “Once the fins [...]

2018-02-21T12:52:56+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Uncategorized|

English ecologist receives DMNH research grant

Ecologist Chris Hobbs was the recipient of a 2017 Collections & Research grant for graduate students in support of research in the Museum’s collections. The award is used toward travel and lodging expenses for a student to visit DMNH to study our world-class collections and library. Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate [...]

2018-01-19T11:25:25+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Uncategorized|

Science Friday’s #CephalopodWeek film features DMNH scientist

DMNH Curator of Mollusks Elizabeth Shea, Ph.D., is featured in a short film for the 2017 #cephalopodweek from Science Friday. From the film's introduction: "Deep below the sea surface, giant squid fight off predatory sperm whales–stirring legendary tales of epic battles. Yet for all it’s infamy, discovering how many of these enormous cephalopods are [...]

2018-03-07T17:42:41+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Press Releases|

DMNH marine scientist joins international research expedition

Northern Neighbors expedition focuses on deepwater communities in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada through June 22 Elizabeth Shea, Ph.D., curator of mollusks at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, joined an international team of scientists spending 15 days at sea aboard NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Ship Henry Bigelow exploring canyon and slope habitats [...]

2017-12-21T17:12:23+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Press Releases|

Egg collections: Part of Earth’s library

The second Friday of October has been designated as World Egg Day, with a focus on eggs as a food source. But during the late 19th and early 20th century, collecting wild birds eggs was  a popular hobby. Many museums and their collections originated during this time, and many people displayed natural history objects in their homes. [...]

2017-12-21T17:12:24+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight|