Specimen Collection Facility
The Department of Biology Specimen Collection currently houses approximately 50,000 catalogued specimens. Of these, the vast majority are pinned insects, dried study skins, and skulls. Our collection also houses fully articulated skeletons, eggs, nests, frass, and scat collections. Geographically, most of our collection comes from the upper Midwest. These collections are the record of the natural diversity and therefore natural heritage of our region.
The collection facility houses specimens that serve as the foundation for our undergraduate students' scientific study of fauna. Each year the collection facility supports ten courses (Biology and Society, General Biology II, Ecology, Animal Diversity, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Entomology, Ichthyology, Evolution, and Coevolution) with nearly 1,300 students, numerous undergraduate research projects, and departmentally supported independent studies.