Crustacean Silk from under the Sea

Another paper involving a FEZ group member, this time about silk from a marine crustacean group! What can we learn from the history of the silk of the Tanaids, and how can it help us make better materials in the future?

Group of the month: Phylum Bryozoa

Here at our blog, we will keep writing posts about our current projects, but we’ll also start a new blog series; group of the month. To kick start the new year and the new series, I will present the first group: Bryozoa. As you might have understood by […]

International Seasons Greetings

Christmas is just around the corner, so it’s time to open the last door of our advent calendar. We hope you enjoyed this year’s wrap up. 2021 was a demanding year, but quite successful for our group, so we still have a lot to celebrate! We wish all […]

Catching up! Door 22 – Progresses and challenges during 2021

Everyone has missed a day of ticking off advent as some point! Making today a two-for-one post day! Enjoy! By Alberto Valero-Gracia This year has been a bit peculiar for most of us. However, as with most of our colleagues at the NHM, the FEZ group has always […]

Door 23: The origin of the Islandic beetle-fauna

By Vetle Løveng Since last year’s entry, I have yet to come to a conclusion on the origin of the Islandic beetle-fauna. All the collecting and lab work is done, what remains is the bioinformatic analysis. The dataset that was produced is fairly comprehensive, and hopefully there is […]

Door 21 – Persistent considerations for molecular analyses of museum specimens

Many factors come into play when making decisions about using museum specimens, especially for molecular applications. As a museum scientist that utilizes molecular methodologies, I am constantly conducting experiments in my mind to try to run through how each step and/or technique will (or won’t) get me to […]

What’s in a Postdoc? Life inside the gears of the academic machine

When we head home for the holiday period, I’m sure many of us will end up in chatting away to a relative or family friend we haven’t seen in far too long, only to be confronted with that ever-present question of: “What do you do for a job […]

Identification of African staphylinid beetles

Identification of African staphylinid beetles can be challenging. Many genera have never been revised, and descriptions of their species are scattered in different papers, published by different authors at different times, often without illustrations or comparison among related species. Staphylinid beetle genus Philonthus is represented in the Afrotropical […]

Finishing the tale of stone

In last year’s advents calendar, we presented the Master theses of two students. One of the students, Stian Aleksander Helsem has successfully defended his thesis this year. I still remember the first time we met. He came into my office being interested in writing his Master thesis with […]

Door 17 – The teaching portfolio of the FEZ group

Academic teaching is a central task and a key element of the self-conception of universities. Yes, teaching is time consuming and needs commitment of the academic teacher. But it is also highly rewarding. All FEZ members are highly dedicated to providing excellent training to the next generation biologists. […]