Below is a recent video produced as part of the Mollusks in Peril forum organized and hosted by Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. Prominent scientists were invited to share the latest results of their research and that of others from across the field of malacology so that we could better understand the state of extinction crisis, especially as it applies to mollusks.
Members of the Hayes lab at Howard and the Cowie lab in Hawaii along with collaborators from various institutions around the world published several papers related to the land snail research in Hawaii (see Publications for a list).
Two of these publications led by researchers at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), in particular lead author Dr. Claire Régnier and head of Malacology at the museum Dr. Philippe Bouchet, received substantial press attention. Fortunately, Dr. Cowie, a co-author on both papers, was available to handle the onslaught of press attention. Unfortunately, the interviewers got a fair amount of the details wrong and in some cases misattributing information and using stock photos of invasive species in the place of native Hawaiian ones provided by Dr. Yeung (Bishop Museum) and Dr. Hayes. The most glaring oversight with these pieces was the failure to fully acknowledge the lead author in both these publications, Dr. Régnier . While all co-authors contributed significantly to the work that went into these publications, the ideas and impetus for these studies grew from Dr. Régnier's work as a PhD student with Dr. Bouchet, and the lion's share of the acknowledgement should go to them for these excellent and well received publications. Let's hope we can continue to draw considerable attention to the plight of the lesser known invertebrate groups that are disappearing at an extraordinary rate.
The two articles are referenced below, including links to the full texts on Researchgate, followed by links to some of the press the research received.
University of Hawai'i
Hawaii Public Radio
Dr. Yeung and Dr. Hayes were interviewed about their work on Hawaiian land snails by Shannon Wianecki. The online version contains all the text, but the print version has additional spectacular pictures, and John Giordani did a wonderful job of laying out the article with images we provided.
Click on the cover for the July/August issue to check out the online version, but order a hard copy if you want to really enjoy it.
Our recent research trip to Uruguay funded through NSF was the focus of a recent article in the Flagship Newsletter. Check it out here.
Well, we're almost up and running. Except for a few items, all the casework is in. Waiting on the plumber to come back and connect the water, gas, air and vacuum, and the electricians to connect the hoods and other outlets. Then we still need the HVAC guy to come and connect A/C and ductwork for fume hood. Then, we just need to convince someone for ETS here at HU to come out and turn on the data ports.
Ok, when you write it out like that, it still seems we are actually much further off than what I would like. Maybe another month and we'll actually be able to do some research. That will be nearly 19 months after coming on board and more than a year since plans were first drawn up.
Here is what it looks like as of the first week of February. First set is the lab, second my office.
When we first got back from the winter break, little had changed, although they had started installing the electrical outlets and preparing for the day the casework would eventually arrive. The first three photos below are of the lab on January 15 or there abouts. The second three are from today, the day the casework started arriving, including my shiny new PCR hood!
And there is even casework going into the office! Do I dare imagine having an office nearly two years after starting!
Well, lab renovations got stalled and not much happened for several months. Although the space cleaned up nicely.
The demolition was complete and rebuilding began shortly after. That had to erect a wall after opening up my office space. and then construct a small office within the lab for microscopy and desk space.
The laboratory and office renovations have begun in earnest. Last week when I got back they had not even started moving things. However, by Monday, they had gutted both the office and the lab. They have removed the wall opening up my office into the larger space for the microscopy and sink area. This weekend they will be removing the asbestos laden floor materials.
Clearly behind schedule a bit, but it is moving forward, so excited to see it taking shape. More updates soon I hope!
The office has been gutted, floors cleared, and new wall construction started.
The lab is gutted and the walls for new office space within it for students and postdocs are going up.