The view outside my window, for many weeks of the summer. (Photo: NDP)
We are now fully into the fall season here in Washington, D.C., but I wanted to recap briefly on summer goings. Along with a group of researchers from my postdoc days, I spent the summer working at the world's last whaling station in Hvalfjörður, Iceland, for the third time since 2009. Our group continued our series of investigations into the biomechanics and anatomy of lunge-feeding whales (see Publications), including some amazing work by Marina Piscatelli, now a PhD student at UBC. We also got arms deep in pelves, and did some more work on the unusual sensory organ that we reported in Nature in 2012, so keep an eye out on the publications page into 2014.
Meanwhile, 3D digitization of the fossil marine mammal collections continued apace, with 3D digi guru Holly Little spearheading major developments that we will discuss more this coming November. We also hope to share more about our scientific findings on Cerro Ballena this winter -- but not before returning to the Atacama again in just a few days!
To read more about the latest on 3D at the Smithsonian, and how the Pyenson Lab is involved, check out Jane Lee's recent article (and video!) at National Geographic News: