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mammal specimensThe biological collections at the University of Central Oklahoma contain 90,000 cataloged specimens and is located in the Howell Hall Lab Annex Building, room 165. These specimens are used for teaching, research, and outreach. The Natural History Museum (NHM) is accredited by the American Society of Mammalogists and the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. 


The vertebrates collection provides a source for teaching and learning about vertebrate organisms, especially those in central Oklahoma. It provides a catalogue for the identification of species in the region and makes this information available to students, researchers, and the general public. With faculty licensed to collect, UCO is an official repository for salvaged vertebrate specimens. The UCO mammal collection is listed in the Consortium of Small Vertebrate Collections.


The invertebrate collection houses the unique aquatic invertebrate collection of Dr. David Bass' Caribbean research. It has been an active faculty research collection that, along with graduate student research activities in Oklahoma and the Caribbean, continues to grow by hundreds of specimens each year. The Invertebrate Museum also houses the insect collection, including those from pollination research. 


The UCO Herbarium is listed in the Index Herbariorum. It provides sources for teaching and learning about plants and fungi, especially those in central Oklahoma. The Herbarium provides a catalogue for the identification of the biodiversity of plants in the region and makes this information available to students, researchers, and the general public. The Fungi collection is part of the Mycology Collections Portal data collection effort (through Symbiota and Integrated Digital Biocollections) to digitize mycological collections in North America.

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Lynda Loucks, M.S., Director/Outreach Coordinator
Wayne Lord, Ph.D., Entomology Collection
Vicki Jackson, Ph.D., Mammal Collection
Chris Butler, Ph.D., Bird Collection
Paul Stone, Ph.D., Reptiles and Amphibians Collection
David Bass, Ph.D., Invertebrate Collection
Jenna Messick, Ph.D., Vascular Plants Collection
Clark Ovrebo, Ph.D., Fungi and Lichen Collection
Michelle Haynie, Ph.D., Frozen Tissues Collection
Andrew Taylor, Ph.D., Ichthyology Collection