Blogs & Videos: Fishes

Brazil 2012 Fieldwork Diary Entry 6: Sharks Patrol These Waters

In my last entry, I noted that geological evidence suggests that some of the rocks that we're working in were formed near the shore of an inland sea, but that the environment became increasingly terrestrial as time passed, with some of the younger rocks representing sand dunes. Over the past two days, most of the fossils we discovered were preserved in the rocks that formed along the shoreline and are the remains of aquatic animals.

Aaron Olsen defends his dissertation proposal

One exciting and rewarding part of our jobs as curators at The Field Museum is having the opportunity to advise graduate students.  I’ve been a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago for more than 14 years.  All doctoral students need an advisor and then he/she has to form a committee of additional professors/curators who will advise on the dissertation/thesis.  Last Thursday, I went down to the U of C campus to hear Aaron Olsen defend is doctoral dissertation proposal having been asked to be a member of his committee. 

2011 REU Intern Elizaveth Everman

Tracing the Evolution of Venom in Scorpionfishes and Waspfishes

ELIZABETH EVERMAN Junior Biology major at William Jewell College REU Mentor: Dr. Leo Smith (Curator, Zoology, Fishes) Symposium Presentation Title: The phylogeny of scorpionfishes and stonefishes (Teleostei:  Scorpaenoidei) and its implications for the evolution of venom