EEB Collections Facility

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The EEB Biological Collections Facility[1] is located on the main floor of the BSP building. It houses preserved specimens of both plants and animals. There are separate rooms for storage of dry specimens and those preserved in ethanol. The Collections facility also includes a small library of biological literature, work space, and the offices of facility staff.

Services offered by the Collections facility include:

  • Curating voucher specimens.
  • Securing loans from other institutions' collections.
  • Use of digital microscopy equipment.

Administrative structure (From the bottom up)

The collection is divided into three main components each with its manager:

  • Invertebrate collection manager: Jane O'Donnell; full-time
  • Vertebrate collection manager: Jamie Fisher, part-time 1 day/week, currently Friday
  • Plant collection (incl. paleo collection) manager: Bob Capers; full-time

Collection managers deal with the daily operations and supervise undergraduates. The collection managers are under the supervision of a director who also heads the respective collections committee:

Each collections committee includes faculty, the manager and a student representative.

The facility is headed by a director (Bernard Goffinet) who meets twice a year with the 3 directors and reports to the Department head.

Access to the collection facility:

The facility is open to anyone who needs to examine specimens; arrangements should be made with the respective managers.

Graduate students (or postdocs, and others) who must access the collections as part of their research must take the course "Introduction to Natural History Collections" which is offered once a year (typically fall, but exceptionally Spring 2007).

Students who take the course can be handed a key to access the collection independently.

TAs for courses that use specimens must take the course. TAs who do not take the course, will not be granted open-independent access, and hence will depend on the collection managers to access the specimens. This rule is strictly enforced, and is designed to maintain the whole facility clean, operational, organized, and hence accessible to everyone.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Dr. Bernard Goffinet
Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
75 North Eagleville Road
University of Connecticut Storrs CT 06269-3043
USA
Ph: 1-860-486-5290
Fax: 1-860-486-6364

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