UNM Biology 402/502 // UNM Art Studio 389/429/529 // UHON 402
Joseph Cook // Szu-Han Ho

Space for posting thoughts, ideas, references, resources, and works. The theme of our seminar and workshop series is "Morphology and Geographic Variation." With the natural history collection as our starting point, we'll hear from scientists, artists, designers, programmers, musicians, and more on place-based study. Part of AIM-UP, an NSF Research Coordination Network.

Friday, February 3, 2012

from UC Berkeley

I think the technology for the seminar is closer to under control at our end. Last Tuesday happened to be the day that Jim Mcguire's new phylogenetics cluster of computers went down, so our IT person was having a rough day. In the end, I think things worked out and my group was pretty intrigued by the art work that was displayed.

The 3 students taking the seminar through Berkeley very much want to do a module on geographic variation in avian song and plumage traits. They had already discussed this before the class started meeting and seem really into it, so I hate to dissuade them, even though I had been hoping to develop more of a climate change theme from this end. The students have already been looking at specimens to get a sense of the plumage variation and checking our digital song recordings, so they seem to be pretty in to it, which is good!

Anyway, I wanted to update you on the emerging themes from this end. I'm guessing that some of the UNM students may incorporate genetics, which would be good in terms of having a diverse set of modules and of course having some plant ideas from UAF would move us away from verts a bit.


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