Coral Reef Biotic Survey


Research scientists from the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology (Terry Gosliner, Chrissy Piotrowski, and Gary Williams) conducted a continuation of an ongoing Academy biotic survey on the coral reefs of southwestern Luzon, Philippines in November of 2012.  Imaging and specimen collection focused on gorgonian and pennatulacean octocorals, errant polychaetes, and opisthobranch gratropods.  The studies were conducted on the coral reefs by SCUBA diving.  Material was brought back for the marine invertebrate collection at the Academy to be curated and permanently housed.  A visit to the marine invertebrate collection of the University of the Philippines in Manila, allowed for study of coral reef invertebrates that were previously collected from the same region.


natural history collection

The Importance of Natural History Collections


Front Cover Hearst Publication

CAS Special Publication: The Coral Triangle - The 2011 Hearst Philippine Biodiversity Expedition


The old saying “You are what you eat” takes on new significance in the most comprehensive analysis to date of early human teeth from Africa.

Our ancestors used to dine almost exclusively on leaves and fruits from trees, shrubs and herbs until 3.5mya when a major shift occurred, according to four new simultaneously published studies.

A series of 4 scientific papers shows evidence of an expanding variety of plant foods, written into the enamel of fossil teeth.

Discovery of North American Honey Bee Fossil

PCAS Volume 60, Nos. 1-9

Proceedings paper spurs article in Science News! Click on the above link to read more and for information on how to order.