www.ucmp.berkeley.edu (cont.)

And each new section demands careful research, thought and time. The writer of the exhibit reads textbooks, reference books, technical papers and journals to glean the most current research, then integrates this information into text that is easy for a layperson to read. He or she has to create or track down photographs or illustrations, many of which aren’t readily available. And then there’s the task of assembling the pages, and finding and adding links to other sources of information.
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Those early authors have since graduated, and newer students have begun to contribute, either as volunteers or as museum workers. Some projects have taken the site in new directions too. We have added special exhibits on topics that just don’t fit neatly into the framework, and developed lots of other great educational materials alongside the exhibits. There are literally thousands of pages of exhibits and educational materials within the site. There’s now a staff person assigned to maintaining the site, but developing new pieces in the exhibit halls is still done mostly by students and a handful of alumni volunteers. There just aren’t enough available bodies to fill in all of the gaps as quickly as we’d like!
So let’s go back to the original question. Yes, in time we hope to fill many of the “gaps“ that exist in the exhibit halls! Because how could we discuss life on earth through time without mentioning tardigrades and horsehair worms and conodonts? Not to mention those pesky mollusks, of course. So don’t despair...read on to learn about the new crustacean exhibit that will be joined someday by mollusks and much more.

  Karen Osborn
Graduate student Karen Osborn has put in many hours this semester researching and putting together the new UCMP crustacean pages.
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