Zeehan Jaafar, ready for a dive, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
We welcome Zeehan Jaafar from the National University of
Singapore to the Division of Fishes for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. During
her stint here, Zeehan will be studying the evolution and phylogeny of
mangrove-related gobioid fishes, in part with Fish Curator Lynne Parenti. Zeehan is funded by the National University of
Singapore and also received a scholarship from MENDAKI, an organization for
minority groups in Singapore; portions of her research are also being funded by
the Division of Fishes. Zeehan is no
stranger to the Fish Division; she was here for a month in 2008 supported by
the Division’s Leonard P. Schultz Fund and visited this
past May en route to teaching a course in Costa Rica.
Earlier this summer
osteo-preparator John Ososky hosted two colleagues from the National Zoological
Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark (ZMUC), Abdi Hadayat, and Kristian
Gregersen. The National Zoological
Museum is currently constructing a new whale hall and sought the expertise of
Department of Vertebrate Zoology staff John Ososky and Charley Potter in marine
mammal specimen preparation and collections management practices.
Tom Strang, an
internationally recognized expert on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), recently
visited NMNH at the request of the museum’s Collections Program to consult on
our IPM guidelines and current practices.