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Author/Editor: N. Sivasothi
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.

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Sun 21 May 2006

HerpNET-GBIF Workshop, 15-19 May 2006

Category : news

The HerpNET-GBIF Workshop was conducted at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, USA from 15-19 May 2006.

The workshop participants were hosted by a very hospitable David Wake and Carol Spencer. Our principal course instructors were Carol Spencer (PI, Co-ord, Instructor, Host & Berkeley Food Expert) and Kristina Yamamoto (Resident Georeferencing Wizard). Other UCB who also shared their expertise with us were Carla Cicero (MVZ collections & ORNIS), Michelle Koo (GIS Brain), Amphibia Net & Aaron Steele (HerpNet server installation and other geeky visions of world domination like Biogeomancer).

L-R in MCZ library: David Wake, Michael Elliott, Carol Spencer, Kristina Yamamoto, David Britton, Danny Meirte, Garin Cael, Andreas Schluter and Nina Schnapp.

The International Team who exhausted Carol and Kristina by turning up early every day and who initially resisted leaving for lunch or dinner :

  1. David Britton (Australian Museum, Sydney),
  2. Michael Elliott (Australian Museum, Sydney),
  3. Danny Meirte (Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium),
  4. Garin Cael (Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium)
  5. Andreas Schlčter (Staatliches Museum fur Naturkunde Stuttgart, Germany),
  6. Nina Schnapp (Staatliches Museum fur Naturkunde Stuttgart, Germany)
  7. Sivasothi N. (Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore).

Some of the very patient and engaging instructors from the course:

1, 2 - Carol Spencer conducting a lecture and instructing the class; 3 - Kristina Yamamoto lecturing; 4 - Carla Cicero showing us the passenger pigeon in the MVZ bird collection; 5 - Michelle Koo sharing finer GIS tips; 6 - Searching for Berkeley salamanders; 7 - After the end of workshop dinner (the Aussies and a couple of others are missing though).

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Sun 21 May 2006

Dinosaurs! Exhibition - choosing bird specimens

Category : dinosaurs

09 May 2006 - Kelvin Lim and Tan Swee Hee preparing bird specimens from the Raffles Museum's Zoological Reference Collection for the Dinosaurs! exhibition. Though the stars of the exhibition are Sue, Stan and the Dinosaurs of Darkness, one component will feature some current issues in biodiversity.

Since many palaeontologists and other biologists consider extent birds to be the modern equivalent of dinosaurs, this is discussed and bird diversity is featured in the complementary exhibition put up by the Raffles Museum.

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