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LFA Seminar Series: The OSU Ichthyology Collection

Beth Filar Williams; Uta Hussong-Christian

Friday, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

A Renaissance for the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection

Dr. Brian Lee Sidlauskas
Associate Professor
OSU Department of Fisheries & Wildlife

 

Abstract:  The Oregon State Ichthyology Collection (OSIC), which contains approximately a quarter million preserved fish specimens, has been a major center of research and education on the biology of fishes since its establishment in 1935.  Despite continued scientific use, the OSIC’s physical facilities declined in the late 20th century due to a lack of space for growth and insufficient funding.  Simultaneously, a lack of computerization discouraged researchers elsewhere from accessing its specimens.  Curator Brian Sidlauskas will discuss how we restored the scientific and educational value of the OSIC, and highlight recent science using the collection.  One component of the restoration upgraded the collections’ physical facilities by installing mobile compact shelving in a renovated space that now meets modern fire and earthquake safety codes. We also upgraded the collection’s digital presence by modernizing the collection’s catalog of specimens and making the holdings searchable online at ichthyology.oregonstate.edu.   Through the completion of this project, one of the most important libraries of ichthyological diversity on the west coast of the US is again stable, safe, properly curated, and accessible to the world's community of scientists. It regularly accessions new specimens, loans material to researchers at other institutions, hosts researchers from around the world, and supports research and teaching on taxonomy, genetics, biogeography, parasitology, evolution, ecology and conservation biology.


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