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Now accepting applications for Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator

February 3, 2020

The MCZ is now accepting applications for a Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator. 

The Vertebrate Paleontology Technician and Preparator operates and manages the Paleontology Preparation Laboratory and cares for fossils in the vertebrate paleontology collection. Research priorities of the department are established by the Faculty-Curator, Stephanie Pierce.

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Infrared photographs of butterflies, where brightness correlates with the capability of radiative cooling

Living portions of butterfly wings prevent overheating

January 31, 2020
A recent study from MCZ Faculty-Curator of Lepidoptera, Naomi Pierce, and collaborators, looked at tissues in butterfly wings that are supplied by circulatory, neural and tracheal systems, indicating that the wing is a dynamic, living structure. Behavioral assays show that butterflies use wings to sense visible and infrared radiation, responding with specialized behaviors to prevent overheating of their wings. The study is published in... Read more about Living portions of butterfly wings prevent overheating
Stephanie Pierce

Stephanie Pierce awarded prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

December 18, 2019
Congratulations to Stephanie Pierce, MCZ Faculty-Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, recipient of the 2019 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching for her exceptional teaching in introductory science courses. Courses Stephanie teaches include How to Build an Animal, Vertebrate Evolution, and The Fishy Aspects of the Human BodyRead more about Stephanie Pierce awarded prize for Excellence in Science Teaching
James McCarthy

In Memoriam: Jim McCarthy 1944-2019

December 13, 2019

With profound sadness, we note the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Jim McCarthy, on December 11th after a protracted illness. Jim was a towering figure, whose impact as a scholar, policy advisor, and human being was extraordinary. The MCZ community is greatly diminished by his loss, and we will all feel Jim’s absence deeply.

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Robert Goelet in the AMNH

Robert G. Goelet, 1923-2019

October 23, 2019

The MCZ is saddened to say that MCZ Faculty governing board memember, Robert (Bobby) Goelet, passed away earlier this month at the age of 96. To say that Bobby led a very full life doesn't come close to capturing all that he did and experienced. After graduating from Harvard in 1945 with an A.B. in history, Bobby was a champion for natural history research, collections, and conservation.  Among the many distinguished appointments he held, in addition to the MCZ Faculty, was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History. 

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