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Terrell and Rochelle with Terrell's research poster

33 students who referenced Burke specimens and/or were mentored by Burke curators presented their research findings at the annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

A conservator carefully wipes one of the 300-year-old wooden panels with a cotton ball

The beloved boiserie panels are being restored with resin, acrylic paint, and a lot of care.

thomas carr stands next to the t. rex skull while studying it closely

Paleontologist Thomas Carr, a leading expert on Tyrannosaurus rex, visited from Carthage College to take a closer look at Tufts-Love Rex.

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People + Cultures

Groups of young people look at objects in the Pacific Voices gallery

When the current Burke Museum facility closes at the end of the year, there will be silence for the first time in the Pacific Voices gallery.

A family with nets in a fast-moving river

Teaching about cultures and complex histories can be challenging, but can also provide meaningful opportunities for reflection.

Screenshot from a black and white film showing Mary Hunt dancing in the 1930 Boas-Kwagiulth Film

A look inside the process of creating the G̱a̱lg̱a̱poła (Working Together) digital book.

Environments

Researcher Ana Bedoya Ovalle returns to Colombia to collect and study river-weed plants in South America.

Researcher Ana Bedoya Ovalle returns to Colombia to collect and study river-weed plants in South America.

Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach helped discovered a new plant species – and plans to auction off the right to name it.

Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach helped discovered a new plant species—and plans to auction off the right to name it. 

A new species of goby was discovered while being chased by an invasive lionfish outside of Curacao.

Northwest Native Art

A green and white button blanket featuring the Burke logo and an eagle breaking free of chains

Members of the Native American Cultural Group at the Washington State Reformatory Unit in Monroe recently created a very special button blanket for the Museum.

Shovelnose canoes once again journey the Columbia River

A groundbreaking project to reestablish traditional dugout canoe culture among their five Inland Northwest member tribes.

Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley’s journey to replicate a feast dish in the Burke Museum collection.

Science

thomas carr stands next to the t. rex skull while studying it closely

Paleontologist Thomas Carr, a leading expert on Tyrannosaurus rex, visited from Carthage College to take a closer look at Tufts-Love Rex.

A small male Ceratophora aspera sits on a rock

University of Washington undergraduate researcher Shanelle Wikramanayake travels to Sri Lanka to collect DNA samples from an endemic and elusive rough-nosed horned lizard.

Michelle Stocker, Sterling Nesbitt and Ken Angielczyk conduct fieldwork in Tanzania in 2015.

UW paleontologists and geologists, including Burke curator Christian Sidor, have uncovered new fossils in Zambia and Tanzania.

Burke Research

Terrell and Rochelle with Terrell's research poster

33 students who referenced Burke specimens and/or were mentored by Burke curators presented their research findings at the annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Female scuba diver smiling at the camera under the sea

Katherine Maslenikov, Collections Manager for the Burke's Ichthyology Collection, helps with underwater fieldwork in Roatan, Honduras.

Seated paleontologist working on a T. rex skull

Burke Museum paleontologists continue work on the rare T. rex skull, recently finding that all jaw and skull bones are there.

Washington State

Photograph of wildflowers in bloom with Mt. Rainier in the background

Helpful resources developed by the UW Burke Museum Herbarium to help you identify the wildflowers you come across in our region.

An illustration of Wimahl chinookensis.

Meet Wimahl chinookensis, a new species of fossil dolphin that lived about 18 million years ago in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Pile of the Elaphomyces truffles found in the ski boot.

The Herbarium helps to solve a mysterious discovery—in ski boots of all places! 

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