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These hidden collections are the heart of museums, and each collected specimen is a priceless treasure trove of biological data just waiting to be discovered and shared. It is in these collections that new species are discovered and myths are busted.
The Museum of Vertebrate Biology in the Department of Biology at Portland State University is comprised of five individual collections: Mammals, Birds, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles, and Marine Mammals. The Museum is dedicated to using these specimens for educational purposes through both academic research and public outreach. The security and care of these specimens to ensure their longevity are the highest priorities for curators and collection managers.
For this talk, Cecily will discuss the importance and relevance of museum specimens and why Natural History Museums are more than what they appear. She will also describe the variety of specimens the Museum of Vertebrate Biology holds, and how they are used to better serve the community.