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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 new paper reveals that the iconic abundance of fishes on reefs is fueled by an unlikely source: tiny, bottom-dwelling reef fishes.

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.

A new study by Curator of Mammals Dr. Sharlene Santana shows two major forces have shaped bat skulls over their evolutionary history: echolocation and diet. 

A new study identified three factors critical in the rise of mammal communities since they first emerged during the Age of Dinosaurs.

Scientists describe the emergence of these ecosystems about 51-53 million-years-ago—a time with the highest-known global temperatures in the past 66-million-years—when the Pacific Northwest was a subtropical climate similar to today’s southern Florida.

Scientists have just discovered the newest member of that family—an iguana-sized reptile whose name means “Antarctic king.”

Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob’s fictional home, is based on an actual place in the Pacific Ocean that was the location of 23 U.S. nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War era.

Burke Museum and University of Washington botanists have created a much-needed second edition of the Flora of the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Group of paleontologists posing for a photo

In search for answers to the most colossal extinction on earth, Dr. Brandon Peecook and his team travel to Zambia to collect fossils.

Archaeologists find the earliest use of nutmeg as a food ingredient and evidence of the transition to early farming practices in Indonesia.


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