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Cortinarius parkeri, a common spring species in conifer forest.

Developing “barcodes” with fungi DNA helps easily identify species. 

A male Anolis krugi, Mata de Plátano, Puerto Rico.

Matt McElroy hopes to answer how and why biological evolution occurred in the past, and what role thermal adaptation played in this process.

Noted 19th century Haida carver Charles Edenshaw with the chest.

“As I was carving this chest front I felt like I was reconnecting with my ancestor.” – Christian White, Bill Holm Center grant recipient.

UW graduate student Chuck Beightol excavates a dinocephalian skeleton in Zambia, 2014.

The Zambian and Tanzanian fossil beds preserved both plants and animals, providing information on paleoclimate before and after extinction.

Zebra jaw showing high-crowned teeth.

Researchers sink their teeth into this tricky evolutionary question. 

Close-up of fossil phytolith.

By extracting phytoliths from once-living plants, scientists were able to uncover a story of vegetation change in response to climate.

What are foraminifera? What can they tell us about the health of Puget Sound? 

Hummingbird pollinating plants.

The mystery of these tiny, but hearty, birds' migratory patterns is starting to unfold.

Group of shells.

What started as a hobby led to a one-of-a-kind collection of 100,000 shells from all over the world and incredible research potential. 

An illustration of the longfin sculpin (Jordania zonope)

In total, 253 fish species have been recorded in the Salish Sea, and that’s about 14 percent more than in the last count.

A deep-sea anglerfish

You thought you had a quirky feature? You’ve got nothing on these fish!

Photo of a Northern Rubber Boa snake

Northern rubber boas often curl up into a ball when threatened, looking like a ball of rubber and perhaps a reason for their name.

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