How we beat the summer heat in D.C.!


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It's finally starting to feel like autumn in D.C. and the Bell Lab is feeling very quiet after a busy summer. Here are Bell Lab members and friends staying cool in the shade at the annual Smithsonian Staff Picnic and Folk Life Festival while debating how best to spend our Smithsonian monopoly money on food and libations. 


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This is another one of my favorite photos from the summer: Mike, Dr. Billy Flint (James Madison University), Cerrie and Kyle searching for Plethodon dixi in Dixie Caverns during Type Locality Project fieldwork in Virginia.

Marina Hydeman's undergraduate research accepted in Ecology + Evolution!

Marina Hydeman worked with me way back in my Cornell grad school days. We had a great time at the African Amphibian Working Group conference in Ghana this summer where Marina presented the results of her newly accepted paper: Hydeman, Marina E., Longo, Ana V., Velo-Antón, Guillermo, Rodriguez, David, Zamudio, Kelly R., Bell Rayna C. 2017. Prevalence and genetic diversity of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Central African island and continental amphibian communities. Ecology and Evolution (in press) doi:10.1002/ece3.3309. Congratulations, Marina!

Marina Hydeman worked with me way back in my Cornell grad school days. We had a great time at the African Amphibian Working Group conference in Ghana this summer where Marina presented the results of her newly accepted paper: Hydeman, Marina E., Longo, Ana V., Velo-Antón, Guillermo, Rodriguez, David, Zamudio, Kelly R., Bell Rayna C. 2017. Prevalence and genetic diversity of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Central African island and continental amphibian communities. Ecology and Evolution (in press) doi:10.1002/ece3.3309. Congratulations, Marina!

Welcome, Molly!

One of the many perks of being part of the Smithsonian Institution is that our organization includes 19 museums and nine research centers across the world! To celebrate Molly's first visit to the lab we took an afternoon field trip to the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (conveniently located right across the national mall) to check out the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibition. 

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