Providing innovative solutions for field collections, sample processing, specimen digitization, and archival collections
The Unit Manages
Wide and Diverse Reach of Field Collections
Expert Protocols for Natural History Collections
Globally Unique Natural History Collection
Following digitization and sample preparation, the majority of specimens are permanently vouchered in CBG’s natural history archive (collection code BIOUG). This globally unique collection of 8.6 million animal specimens uses an internal Collections Management Information System and the Barcode of Life Data Systems to associate each record with its sequence data, collection information, and images, facilitating rapid access to both the specimen and its collaterals. The ease of accessibility allows CBG staff to frequently provide loans to researchers around the world (more than 1400 separate loans for taxonomic identification have been dispatched) and host visiting researchers in the dedicated workspace of the collection.