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Dispatches from the Gulf: Film examines the effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill
February 8, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster may no longer be a buzzword in the media, but the effects of history’s largest oil spill on the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico are still on the minds of marine scientists around the world. Gulf seafood seems to be recovering, but biologists are keeping a close eye to […]

Being Natural: Tina Petway
November 22, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

When Tina Petway, Associate Curator of Malacology, retired as a schoolteacher in 1999, she finally embarked on fulfilling her dream since she was 12 years old. Growing up, Petway was frustrated by the lack of resources for young women interested in scientific careers. “I was walking on the beach, and I ran into this lady […]

HMNS changed the way I think about Earth, time, humanity, and natural history
July 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

After 90 days working at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, here’s the verdict: I love it here! Through research required to compose and edit posts for this blog, I have learned about voracious snails, shark extinction, dinosaur match-ups, efforts to clean up ocean plastic pollution, Houston’s flooding cycle, a mysterious society in south China, […]

Food chains link the creatures of coastal ecology
May 9, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

Don’t stick your hand in that shell! You don’t know who might be home. It could be a carnivorous snail or a “clawsome” crab. Take a look at our Texas state shell, the lightning whelk or left-handed whelk, which feeds on bivalves like oysters and clams. Perhaps the snail that makes the shell is still […]



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