Bruce Experiences: The Inside Story: How CT Imaging is Revolutionizing Natural History Museums

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 — 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Image: A CT scan showing the final two meals of an equally unfortunate eastern hognose snake, Heterodon platirhinos: a salamander and a toad. Florida Museum of Natural History image of Ed Stanley.

Bruce Experiences: The Inside Story: How CT Imaging is Revolutionizing Natural History Museums

Dr. Ed Stanley, associate scientist and director of the Digital Discovery and Dissemination Lab at the Florida Museum of Natural History, discusses the CT scans of reptiles currently on display in the Bruce Museum exhibition Under the Skin. Free for Members; $10 non-members. Not a member? Click here to join now.

“Natural history collections serve a critical role for scientists wanting to study patterns and changes of biodiversity, though access to these important resources has, historically, been limited,” says Dr. Stanley. “New digitization efforts are providing novel opportunities for researchers and democratizing access to specimens for scientists, educators, and the general public.”

“This virtual talk will use examples from cretaceous amphibians, armored lizards, and burrowing frogs, showcased so wonderfully in the Bruce Museum’s Under the Skin exhibition, to discuss how scanning museum specimens with computerized tomography (CT) to create cross-sectional images is facilitating exciting new research and educational initiatives,” Stanley says.

“Nature is full of beauty, at scales great and small,” says Curator of Science Dr. Daniel Ksepka, organizer of the exhibition. “Under the Skin highlights a dozen recent discoveries through a combination of remarkable imagery and real biological specimens. While each represents a research breakthrough, these striking and in many cases prize-winning images can rightfully be considered art in their own right.” 

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