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November Microphoto of the Month

Tuesday November 25, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses the November "Microphoto of the Month"


Virginia Military Institute Class Field Trip

Monday November 17, 2014

Mammalogy class from Virginia Military Institute visits the Museum.


STEM Day at PHCC

Thursday November 13, 2014

VMNH Staff present activity on climate change at the PHCC STEM Day.


We Let Bugs Do Our Dirty Work

Wednesday November 12, 2014

Biology Research Technician Liberty Hightower discusses preparation of specimens that will end up in the collections as skeletons.  ***Warning - some images may be viewed as graphic.***


Learning to Evaluate Forest Habitat, Wherever It May Be

Monday November 10, 2014

Students from the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology
analyze the (imaginary) forests inside the New College Institute building in Martinsville.


Acorns: Abundance, Absence, and the Race for Survival

Monday November 3, 2014

Why are there so many acorns one year, and so few the next?


October Microphoto of the Month

Friday October 24, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses the October "Microphoto of the Month".


Flying Bug Zappers

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Bats, which are often featured in Halloween lore and scary decorations, should be appreciated rather than feared.


Let's go to the zoo...

Friday October 3, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief embarks on a trip to the North Carolina Zoo with students from the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science &Technology.


September Microphoto of the Month

Wednesday September 24, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses the September "Microphoto of the Month".


Crickets Are Crunchy

Monday September 22, 2014

A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ annual BugFest includes an unexpected introduction to insect cuisine.


Here’s what happens when a group of museum people have a pig roast…..

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Prepping animal skeletons for the reference collection involves several steps – defleshing, dermestids, degreasing, and final cleaning.


August Microphoto of the Month

Tuesday August 26, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses the August "Microphoto of the Month".


Solite Excavation

Friday August 8, 2014

VMNH curators and staff are trying to save as many fossil beds as possible before they are lost to expanded mining operations at Solite Quarry.


Lynchburg College Summer Residential Governor's School Visits VMNH

Monday July 14, 2014

The Research & Collections division at VMNH recently hosted approximately 160 students from the Lynchburg College Summer Residential Governor's School Program in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.


Day of Archaeology 2014

Friday July 11, 2014

Archaeologists from all over the world share what they are doing on the Day of Archeology.


There's A Book on That

Friday July 11, 2014

You can find a book on almost every topic.  Even barbed wire.


July Microphoto of the Month

Monday July 7, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses the July "Microphoto of the Month".


Zooarchaeology Class at VMNH

Wednesday June 25, 2014

A 5-day zooarchaeology lab course is being offered by Dr. Elizabeth Moore at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.


Moncrief Attends the Annual Meeting of the The American Society of Mammalogists

Monday June 16, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the annual conference of the American Society of Mammalogists and presented a summary of her research.


June Microphoto of the Month

Tuesday June 10, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses the June "Microphoto of the Month".


VMNH Hosts Carlisle Students for Senior Project in Geological Collections Preservation

Monday June 9, 2014

VMNH’s Geological Collections Specialist Sarah Timm works with student volunteers to preserve specimens for future exhibits, education, and research.


Insects of Virginia and Myriapodologica now available online

Tuesday June 3, 2014

VMNH Publications Insects of Virginia and Myriapodologica are now available as free PDFs on the museum website


You Call THIS Archaeology?

Monday June 2, 2014

Let’s get real about fictional archaeologists.


Moncrief Attends the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the annual conference of the Virginia Academy of Science and presented a summary of her research.


It’s a Hard-Knock Life

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Examination of pathology on a turtle carapace indicates that the carapace was broken and healed while the turtle was alive. Then somebody probably ate it.


An Update on the Canid Skull

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Closer examination of the canid (dog/wolf) skull currently being reconstructed at VMNH shows butchering scars on the cranium.


More Than Just a Picnic Pest

Monday April 28, 2014

Let’s talk about ants . . .


April Microphoto of the Month

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses the April "Microphoto of the Month".


VMNH “Figures” Prominently in Recent Publication

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Check out the latest issue of the ASV Quarterly Bulletin – how many places figures or photos contain VMNH labs or specimens?


Scientific Discovery Marches On

Monday April 7, 2014

Science doesn’t stop, even when there’s a war on.


A Whirlwind Week for Archaeology at VMNH

Monday March 24, 2014

Last week was a busy one for Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Curator of Archaeology at VMNH. Dr. Moore met with met with a variety of people working in archaeology and historic preservation including students and faculty from VCU, staff at the Department of Historic Resources, and professional and avocational archaeologists from the Archaeological Society of Virginia.


The Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference Snowbound Adventure

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Moore discusses the 44th Annual Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.


March Microphoto of the Month

Monday March 10, 2014

Dr. Jim Beard discusses his first "Microphoto of the Month".


Clams from the Dan River

Thursday March 6, 2014

Drs. Elizabeth Moore and Joe Keiper from VMNH identify dead bivalves collected from the Dan River following the Duke Energy coal ash spill.


We're Gluing Together a Dog Skull

Thursday March 6, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Moore and Ray Vodden are reconstructing a skull of a canid in order to attempt to determine if it is dog or wolf.


VMNH Curator of Mammals Dr. Nancy Moncrief Presents Lecture to High School Students

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief describes her recent visit to the Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.


Scientists in Black History Month

Wednesday February 26, 2014

In honor of Black History Month, the Research & Collections Division would like to recognize the achievements of a selection of pioneering scientists.


Goin' Mobile...

Wednesday February 19, 2014

Our address is 21 Starling Avenue in Martinsville, Virginia. We do a lot, and a lot of good, down here in the south-central area of the Commonwealth. But... our mission says we are to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage for all citizens. That’s a big task – and we’re getting there!


A Visit to the Bailey-Law Special Collection

Monday February 10, 2014

Scientists rely not only on specimens but also on the documentation about them.


What's New?

Monday February 10, 2014

Museums are good at preserving the record of the past, and using the knowledge gained from our specimens and artifacts to plot new roads to the future. Information gleaned from archaeological records hundreds of years ago assists wildlife management experts restore natural communities as they were prior to European contact.


Moncrief Attends the Annual Meeting of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Monday February 10, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief recently attended the annual conference of the Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society.


VMNH Curator of Mammals Dr. Nancy Moncrief Presents "Coffee with a Curator" Program

Tuesday February 4, 2014

Dr. Moncrief discusses her recent presentation.


Katelin Clifton Interns with VMNH Mammal Department

Monday February 3, 2014

Intern Katelin Clifton recently assisted Dr. Moncrief with her on-going research.


Dr. Moncrief Visits the Milwaukee Public Museum

Thursday January 30, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief describes her recent visit to the Milwaukee Public Museum.


20th Annual Conference of the Wildlife Society

Monday January 27, 2014

Dr. Nancy Moncrief discusses her recent attendance at The Wildlife Society conference.


VMNH Exhibit Showcased at World Renowned Mineral Show

Monday January 27, 2014

Sarah Timm, Geological Collections Specialist, recently attended the Denver Gem and Mineral Show.

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