At the 2009 Association of Southeastern
Biologists meeting in Birmingham, AL, two researchers, Dr. Diane Nelson
from East Tennessee State, and Dr. Paul Bartels of Warren Wilson College
presented a poster naming a newly discovered species of tardigrade, or
"water bear," in memory of Martin Microscope Company founder, Robert H. Martin,
Macrobiotus martini was discovered in the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is one of several new species
discovered as part of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) that has
been ongoing in the Park for about the last 10 years. More
on Macrobiotus martini...
Martin Microscope Company has been privileged
to be a long-time patron of ASB,
and involved with the ATBI
project since its inception. We are truly honored to have Bob
Martin, Sr, remembered in this way.