Research in the Museum

The vertebrate biodiversity represented in the UMZM makes our collections a critical resource for people studying a variety of topics including evolution, anthropology, conservation, species distributions, environmental change, and natural history.

Our specimens offer a wealth of information and opportunities to analyze genetics, chemical contamination, bone structure, coloration, morphology, biomechanics, reproduction, migration, parasites, diet, condition, and more. Some of the most exciting days in the museum are when we are contacted by researchers who have come up with innovative ways to use our specimens to answer interesting and important questions!

To use our collections in their research, students and scientists contact us to arrange a visit or request a specimen loan. The UMZM specimen data are accessible to the public in an online database at Arctos, allowing researchers, educators, and everyone with curiosity to explore and learn from our specimens.

Check out some of the ways in which the UMZM has supported scientific research: