Research in the Museum

The vertebrate biodiversity represented in UMZM makes the collection a resource for people studying evolution, anthropology, conservation, species distributions, environmental change and natural history.

Researchers can use specimens to analyze: genetics, chemical contamination, bone structure, coloration, morphology, biomechanics, reproduction, migration, parasites, diet and condition.

To use our specimens in research, students and scientists can contact us to arrange a visit to the collection. Biologists may also request a loan so they can borrow specimens for their study or take samples for genetic or isotopic analysis. UMZM specimen data is also accessible to the public in an online database at Arctos, allowing researchers, educators and all folks with curiosity to explore and learn from our specimens!

Check out some of the ways in which UMZM has contributed to science below: