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Blog Archive: Research

[image] Studying the Past, Present, and Future of Bats

Studying the Past, Present, and Future of Bats

Every year during the last week of October leading up to Halloween, bat researchers, conservationists, and enthusiasts celebrate Bat Week. Bats have historically been the star of spooky books, movies, and decorations so it is the perfect season to celebrate and bring awareness to these fascinating and diverse creatures. However, due to their misrepresentation in terrifying lore and literature, bats have become misunderstood and feared by many.
[image] New Native Voices Enrich the Collections

New Native Voices Enrich the Collections

From the first plans of our museum’s space, especially the Native Voices exhibit on the top floor, we have worked to include more than just objects from Native cultures in our region. Their perspectives, history, and actual voices are an important way to more fully present their culture to the wide museum audience.
[image] Ecological Tipping Point: Five El Niño Events Per Century

Ecological Tipping Point: Five El Niño Events Per Century

A team of researchers led by the University of Utah created a fine-grained analysis of El Niño’s impact on animal communities spanning the past 12,000 years. The study was published in the journal Science on Sept. 8, 2022.
[image] NHMU Paleontologists Investigate How Climate Change Affected Life in the Age of Dinosaurs

NHMU Paleontologists Investigate How Climate Change Affected Life in the Age of Dinosaurs

Understanding the ways the fossil record may be incomplete is an important step in drawing out big picture conclusions.
[image] Science Writer Riley Black Illuminates the Day that Changed Life on Earth Forever

Science Writer Riley Black Illuminates the Day that Changed Life on Earth Forever

Read "The Last Days of the Dinosaurs," a new book by NHMU's Riley Black.
[image] Archaeological Evidence Suggests Men and Women Have Different Responses to Climate Change

Archaeological Evidence Suggests Men and Women Have Different Responses to Climate Change

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change publication reports that women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to their domestic responsibilities in the household and local community.
[image] Loss of ancient grazers triggered a global rise in fires

Loss of ancient grazers triggered a global rise in fires

The loss of grazing species of megafauna triggered a dramatic increase in fire activity across the world’s grasslands.
[image] Life is short, eat good mushrooms

Life is short, eat good mushrooms

Our curator of mycology discusses his love of wild mushroom and gives an overview of a surprising study by two of his students.
Tags: mycology
[image] My Introduction to Range Creek: A Greater Appreciation for Archaeology

My Introduction to Range Creek: A Greater Appreciation for Archaeology

Our executive director describes his first visit to the amazing field station in Range Creek Canyon.
[image] Citizen Science and Digital Transcription in the time of COVID

Citizen Science and Digital Transcription in the time of COVID

Volunteers are helping to transcribe scientific information, including hand-written field notes, paper catalogues, specimen labels, and more.