Macrolichens in the family Lobariaceae are among the most conspicuous and charismatic lichens on the planet, due to their often large, colorful thalli and their ecological importance and potential uses. Many species have cyanobacterial photobionts and are capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen, hence acting as biological fertilizers. Lobariaceae are also good indicators of environmental health and the conservation status of forest ecosystems. Species such as Lobaria pulmonaria have been used in homoeopathic medicine. Read more about Field Museum Intern Hannah Ranft takes a stab at revising New Zealand lichens
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Recent Blog Posts
I'm very excited to be participating in the Field Museum and Music Box Theater's collaborative film series Cinema Science. The program pairs a Field Museum scientist with a famous movie that has something to do with their area of expertise--Pete Mackovicky hosted Jurassic Park, for example, and Kevin Feldheim hosted Jaws. Read more about Come to Cinema Science: THE BIRDS!
“Life, uh, finds a way.” Any Field Museum fan worth their salt probably remembers the scene in Jurassic Park where Jeff Goldblum’s character explains that even though all the dinosaurs in the park are female, they might still find a way to reproduce. But this isn’t science fiction—Field Museum scientists have recently helped discover that smalltooth sawfish, critically endangered shark relatives, sometimes reproduce through “virgin birth.” Read more about Sawfish “Virgin Birth” Discovery
Illinois officially removed Peregrine Falcons from the state Endangered & Threatened Species List. What does this means for our state population of Peregrine Falcons? First, it is an affirmation of the recovery of the species in Illinois. This is due in part to the long-term stewardship and dedicated effort of numerous individuals and organizations that have supported and assisted in looking after Illinois’ Peregrines. Read more about Peregrine Removed from Illinois' Endangered List
This little booklet has so much history, it's hard to know even where to begin. Let's start with the fact that the first author, James D. Watson, is the father of one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century, also named James D. Watson, who along with Francis Crick is credited with the discovery of the structure of DNA. But that's the least of it. The third author is even more intriguing. Read more about History and birds come together: "Spring Migration Notes" from 1920 and its famous authors
After cleaning, the first part of Minirdis’ burial equipment that we treated was his coffin. The coffin was constructed of wood panels joined with wood dowels. A layer of an orange colored plaster like material had been applied over the wood to fill gaps between the wood panels and provide a smooth surface. On top of the plaster layer, the coffin had been painted black with red and yellow decoration. Read more about Through thick and thin! Stabilizing the Plaster on Minirdis’ Coffin
Wherein Isobel and Maria show us the ropes -- or nets -- for surveying fishes in the Amazon. The distribution of fish in tropical river systems is important to understanding how animals move around these waterways. Where there are big fish -- like the electric eel -- we know there must be an ample supply of prey species, too!
Read more about An Electric Eel and a Caiman
Check out these extra bits and pieces from our How To Taxidermy a Squirrel episode -- and be sure to check out our Indiegogo campaign! Read more about How To Taxidermy A Squirrel: Part II