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In the museum, Research Stations are compact temporary exhibits that offer a window into the research and inspiration of a particular lab or individual. They are dispersed through the building, and the research topics align with the subject of the gallery they are in. Here, we’ve taken the in-person experience and turned it digital.
Valeriy Ivanov works in extreme places, studying the impacts of climate change. By monitoring frozen buried soil in the Arctic called permafrost and other aspects of the landscape, he is trying to learn why the Arctic is melting even faster than scientists predicted.
Dan Rabosky and his team explore rainforests, deserts, and other environments to collect specimens, genetic samples, and ecological data. Because human actions are changing animal habitats all over the world, he feels it is important to study and preserve information about as many species as possible now, while we can.
David Gerdes’ team of U-M researchers was studying dark energy, the effects of which can only be seen by observing other galaxies far outside our own solar system. But their extremely sensitive camera also picked up hundreds of small, icy worlds much closer to home—in the cloud of dust, rocks, and planetoids known as the Kuiper Belt. One of these objects was a new dwarf planet!
Habitat loss, global warming, and elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide negatively affect both monarch butterflies and their milkweed hosts, and monarchs are in trouble. Leslie Decker and her colleagues study those impacts to find ways people can help.