Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Other Darwins"

Darwin himself wasn't employed by any natural history museums, but his life's work of observation, collection, description, and synthesis, continues to this day. In that spirit, Science Careers also did a feature in honor of Darwin's bicentennial on Friday, interviewing several curators at natural history museums - Kristofer Helgen from the Smithsonian, Pete Makovicky from the Field, Robert Cook of the Harvard Herbarium, Matthew Lamanna from Carnegie, and yours truly, from AMNH. Obviously, several other biologists working at universities do similar work, but the piece tries to highlight some of the differences between being behind the walls of a museum versus the traditional "ivory tower."

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