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Evon Hekkala

Evon Hekkala

New York, NY

Research Associate, The American Museum of Natural History

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Fordham University

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Published on Jan 11, 2017

Happy New Year and many updates!

Dear colleagues!I am sorry it has been so long between updates. Part of this is because many components of the project are out of our hands, but partly it is because we have many other projects in ...

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Published on Jun 14, 2016

Time traveling this week..

Hi Everyone,This is just a quick update to let you know that Taylor and I have begun sampling the specimens in the museum collections @AMNH and at the Smithsonian to fill in some samples and specie...

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Published on Jun 07, 2016

Funding update and Facebook live tour of Crocs! exhibit tomorrow-

Hi Everyone,First, thank you to everyone who has already successfully made their contributions. We had a couple of backers whose payments didn't go through the first try, but that should be sorted ...

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Published on Jun 03, 2016

Crazy Croc Week!

Hi Everyone,Sorry that I haven't had a moment to send a note out thanking everyone for funding this project. As soon as the funds are released we are going to schedule the  sequencing run at the ge...

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Published on May 22, 2016

Students make my world go round..

Hi Everyone,I took yesterday off to enjoy commencement at Fordham. It was a terrific day as I got to see so many students who had spent time in the Hekkala lab heading off to new adventures! I have...

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Published on May 19, 2016

How we almost lost our crocodiles and alligators.. Oh my!

We keep talking about alligators and crocodiles and all of these cool ongoing studies and the interesting myths surrounding them as if these animals are all over the place....and they are.. now. W...

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Hi Maxim, That is exactly what we are hoping for. Research shows that evolution is a great process for developing molecules for all kinds of function. Why reinvent the wheel from scratch when the hugely diverse plants and animals around us have terrifically effective immune "toolkits" tucked into their genomes. Thanks for the comment. E
May 23, 2016
Can a crocodile cure your ills? Testing the Crocodylus Apothecary Hypothesis
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I love Ogden Nash! What a great edition to the page! Thank you.
May 18, 2016
Can a crocodile cure your ills? Testing the Crocodylus Apothecary Hypothesis
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Wow! Today is the best sort of hump day! We got over the "hump" of $3000! Whoo Hooo! Thanks to all of our newest backers... glad you could join us. Keep up the great work letting everyone you know in on your great science project. Together is a great way to do science!
May 18, 2016
Can a crocodile cure your ills? Testing the Crocodylus Apothecary Hypothesis
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This is so cool. I grew up in Sonoma county and then moved to Tahoe for high school. All of these places are so familiar. Also. in my own work, I use museum collections to go resurvey species so this is where my heart is. Great job!
May 04, 2016
Rediscovering the Lost Triassic Marine Reptile Fossils of Northern California
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Don't forget! If you get friends or family to donate a combined $100, we will send you a cool scale model 3D printed crocodile skull! Cheers!
May 02, 2016
Can a crocodile cure your ills? Testing the Crocodylus Apothecary Hypothesis
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Here are some videos from the EG conference last year, including mine where I presented the story of how I got mixed up in crocodile research and how this project came to be. ( http://www.egconf.com/videos)
Apr 29, 2016
Can a crocodile cure your ills? Testing the Crocodylus Apothecary Hypothesis
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Oh.. and in other great news..Taylor received TWO awards! One is a Smithsonian Fellowship to work on crocodiles at the National Zoo and Natural History Museum over the summer, and another from the American Museum of Natural History for his work on crocodile reproduction! Really great news all around.
Apr 29, 2016
Can a crocodile cure your ills? Testing the Crocodylus Apothecary Hypothesis
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Thank you to everyone who got us started yesterday and to those who have helped to share our project with friends and family. It was an amazing day. I was at the EG conference (http://www.egconf.com/presenters) in Carmel with people who truly care about the world and all of its creatures ( including BBC wildlife!) while you guys, our backers, were supporting us. It means a lot. BTW-I got to see footage filmed from a baby crocodile "spy cam" ( a little robotic hatchling with cameras for eyes!) that will be coming out in July! Will keep you posted. Sarah, your page is lovely. Thank you! Can't wait to see the book.
Apr 29, 2016
Can a crocodile cure your ills? Testing the Crocodylus Apothecary Hypothesis
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Thanks for the support David! We are pretty focused on Central and West Africa right now, but would certainly be honored to work on CD's collections. Doubt they'd permit it.
Dec 28, 2013
What can old stuffed animals tell us about the future?
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Maybe we'll brew a new ale to go with our project! "Ole Dead Thing Ale", in honor of Halloween!
Oct 22, 2013
What can old stuffed animals tell us about the future?
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