Collections

During my time at UWSP, I had the opportunity to work with the Smithsonian Institution, providing specimens for their collections and facilitating exchanges between the institutions. The addition of Wisconsin specimens to the Smithsonian increases the comprehensive nature of their collections, allowing them to better serve researchers from around the world.

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Through exchanges, UWSP was able to acquire a number of specimens including dolphin skulls (Tursiops truncates and Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) and a complete skeleton of a pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps). Although many of these specimens are of low research quality due to lack of data, they are invaluable as teaching specimens for classes such as comparative zoology and mammalogy. At UNH, I continue to work with the Smithsonian and other museums such as Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and Utah Museum of Natural History, providing specimens for their collections while building the teaching collection at UNH.

Museum Collaborations

  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point, WI
  • National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT
  • Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Provo, UT
  • Museum of Southwestern Biology, Albuquerque, NM
  • University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK
  • Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
  • Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, MA
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