scudThe Zoology Section has databased 99% of the specimen records across all invertebrate and vertebrate collections, and has retrospectively georeferenced* most specimens, especially those in Colorado and in other Rocky Mountain and Plains states.

With support from the National Science Foundation, we previously developed a mapping portal (Mapstedi) to search for specimens across our collections (including invertebrates, fishes, birds, etc.) and to retrieve maps showing the locations of those specimens. We were also involved in an international consortium for creating tools for georeferencing biodiversity data as part of the Biogeomancer project.

Inquiries regarding the database and research tools we have developed should be sent to collections manager Leanne Elder.

*Retrospective georeferencing is the process of assigning computer-readable coordinates (eg. latitude and longitude) to a specimen record based on the original text-based locality description.