This summer has already been a bit of a whirlwind for most of us in the Deans lab. Between conferences, collecting, and travel to other institutions to examine material and image specimens, we have covered many states and countries (Michigan, Canada, eastern Europe, just to name a few). Here is a snippet of my travel so far.
I presented at the Digital Data in Biodiversity Conference at the University of Michigan last month, where I was able to hear about a wide range of current digitization research, such as #ScanAllFish, recording bird behavior in the field, and handling large quantities of biological data. We have come so far in sharing biological data digitally, but there is so much more that could be done to actually use it in research projects and join other datasets together.
I also was able to tour the wet and dry collections at the university, where I saw everything from armadillos to odonates.