Biogeography

Video: Discovering New Plant Species in the Amazon

We're excited to present the first Field Revealed episode to highlight the Field Museum's rapid inventory work! This week's episode comes all the way from from Peru where local intrepid researchers have been carrying out "rapid inventories" with the Field Museum's Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) teams.  Rapid inventories are swift surveys of species diversity in remote areas--information which is then provided to local communities as a tool for them to build conservation and education efforts.

Video: The Naming of the Shrew

With Field Museum researcher Julian Kerbis Peterhans and post doc Terry Demos, Bernard "Risky" Agwanda untangles the stories of mammalian evolution in eastern Africa.  In the process, they may have found a new species of elephant shrew or "sengi."  Bernard and his collaborators express an important message, that peace is a significant component in the development of society--including science.

Video: Cloud Rat

 Philippine researcher Danny Balete and Curator of Mammals Larry Heaney have been working together in the Phillipines for many years. Join Danny and Larry as they look at a cloud rat specimen that was collected in the late 1940's and explain the value of having such specimens in the collection. Thanks to Danny and Larry's research, new species of mammals are still being discovered in the Philippines and new conservation initiatives are taking place.

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