Another great quarter for CCBER’s Curation of Natural History Collections Course!

CCBER’s Curation of Natural History Collections Course (EEMB/ES 96) offers students an introduction into specific areas of museum curation. The course meets once each week to focus on various aspects of museum curation, such as the importance of collections, documentation, methods of preservation, identification, taxonomic nomenclature and labeling, and cataloging specimens. During the quarter, students have the opportunity to prepare and process a variety of specimens using several different methods of preservation. Students also went out to collect specimens in the field and learned the importance of collecting voucher specimens, which are specimens that serve as basis for a study and are retained as a reference.  As incorrect or unresolved identifications can lead to misleading conclusions, the collection of voucher specimens is an important part of scientific research.

Are you interested in curation and natural history collections? Internships are available this summer in both Arthropod Collections and the Herbarium. Contact Katja Seltmann ( or Greg Wahlert ( for more info. 


     Students above are using dichotomous keys to identify insects collected on CCBER managed lands.       

     Plant mounting is another curation skill learned in the course - these students are definitely happy with their finished products. 


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