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Abbott utic ecn_2012

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Abbott utic ecn_2012

  1. 1. Collection Profile: University of Texas Insect Collection John Abbott, Curator Tom Atkinson, Collections Manager
  2. 2. 1883 2006 Ant/Insect Taxonomy Gene Mutation Drosophila Systematics Mosquitos Historical Time Line of Entomology at The University of Texas at Austin OdonataAnts Lepidoptera & Ants Lepidoptera Diptera & Plecoptera SphecidsLepidoptera Cave Inverts Screw worm Biology Drosophila
  3. 3. William Morton Wheeler born March 19, 1865; Milwaukee, WI died April 19, 1937; Cambridge, MA Professor of Zoology at UT 1899-1903 • Large mosquito collection (pinned adults/larvae on slides) • spermatozoa studies • started the insect collection • John Rawlins arrived in 1982 and brought systematics to the department Osmond “Oz” Breeland Professor of Zoology at UT, 1938-1981
  4. 4. front row: L.E. Gilbert, Mike Singer, Susan Weller, Nancy Jacobson, Phil DeVries standing: Sandy Davies, John Rawlins, Don Harvey, Connie Kendall, Roy Kendall, Jack Longino, Jim Mallet, Nalini Nadkarni, Chris Durden) UT Austin Lepidoptera group with Roy Kendall about 1984
  5. 5. Past Curators Chris Durden Curator of Entomology and Geology 1968-2000 James Reddell Curator of Invertebrate Zoology 1978-2012
  6. 6. Mission The focus of the Freshwater and Terrestrial Invertebrate Collection at the University of Texas at Austin is to: 1) build and maintain high quality comprehensive collections of freshwater, terrestrial & cave invertebrates from TX and the south- central US, 2) with particular emphasis on documenting long-term changes in the biota at representative field stations, preserves, caves, and other notable field sites. 3) We aim to provide specimens and associated data for research and education along with promoting and encouraging avocational interests in freshwater, terrestrial, and cave invertebrates around the state.
  7. 7. Brackenridge Field Laboratory
  8. 8. Lake Austin Centre Collections combined in 2011
  9. 9. Physical FacilitiesPhysical FacilitiesFloor plan – Main UTIC Space Total UTIC Space: 6,887 sq. ft. Collection Space: 2,222 sq. ft. Research Space/offices: 3,065 sq. ft. USDA Containment Facility: 480 sq. ft. Education Space: 1,120 sq. ft.
  10. 10. Physical Facilities Floor plan – Secondary UTIC Space Total UTIC Space: 6,887 sq. ft. Collection Space: 2,222 sq. ft. Research Space/offices: 3,065 sq. ft. USDA Containment Facility: 480 sq. ft. Education Space: 1,120 sq. ft.
  11. 11. Collection Storage Pinned Collection • Cornell-style cabinets/drawers/unit trays • Working on header cards & interior drawer lists • Combination of 15-drawer, 25-drawer & 48 drawer cabinets • 60 cabinets, 2,018 drawers
  12. 12. Collection Storage Alcohol Collection • Currently housed at two locations (UTIC/PRC) • Bulk of collection at UTIC stored in vials/jars on shelves • Substantial cave invertebrate collection • Wet-bulk storage – in variable containers, generally sorted by taxon
  13. 13. Collection Storage Envelope Collection • Odonata envelopes • Stored in 5 - 36 drawer custom Steel Fixture Cabinets
  14. 14. Collection Storage Microscope Slide Collection • Stored in combination of metal slide cabinets/trays & various styles of slide boxes
  15. 15. Library • 282 Linear Feet of shelving with books • 100 file drawers of reprints
  16. 16. Invertebrate Containment Facility • USDA Containment Facility • Houses both live research and outreach animals
  17. 17. Collection Size Curated Material Only – prepared & labeled Total Specimens:  Alcohol  Pinned  Envelopes  Slides 2,065,000 1,500,000 500,000 40,000 25,000 Alcohol Pinned Envelopes Slides
  18. 18. Collection Strengths: Geographic • Texas and the south- central U.S. • Reddell made many trips to survey Mexican caves in the 80’s and 90’s • Reeder & students made numerous trips Galapagos Isl. • Routine collection of preserves, parks and unique properties like National Guard facilities since the 90’s
  19. 19. Collection Strengths: Taxa Taxon strengths reflect interests of staff Arachnids – high representation, James Reddell Cave invertebrates – James Reddell Comprises Federally Endangered Species Lepidoptera – Chris Durden, James Gillespie Hymenoptera – Al Hook, Jack Neff Mosquitos – Osmond Breeland Odonata – John Abbott
  20. 20. Data Capture Initiatives – past numerous individual databases MS Access FileMaker Pro
  21. 21. Data Capture Initiatives - current Combine individual databases into single system.
  22. 22. Data Capture Initiatives - current
  23. 23. Data Capture Initiatives - current
  24. 24. Use of QR codes in Collection
  25. 25. Data Capture Initiatives - current • Barcoding specimens from projects where data is already digitized • Barcoding new material coming in • 47,575 specimens barcoded
  26. 26. Data Capture Initiatives - current • Digitizing labels retroactively • Begin imaging pinned specimens in near future • 644,119 specimens cataloged
  27. 27. • Rely heavily on volunteers with varying expertise/experience • Currently have over 20 putting in an average of 80 hours/week
  28. 28. Collection Management Issues • Growing physical and digital collections – Requires staff, $$ • Migrate individual collection databases to Specify • Barcode wet collection • Transcribe locality/collector codes to meaningful locality labels • Georeference specimens • Exporting data to portals like GBIF
  29. 29. UTIC Website http://www.utinsects.org/ • Virtual Tour of collections and facility • Working towards making collection data available • Links to Web-based initiatives (OdonataCentral, Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, Bark & Ambrosia Beetles, etc…) • Research Projects • Virtual Object Library
  30. 30. Acknowledgements Co-workers Kendra Abbott Bill Hamblen Laura Naski Heather Oslund James Reddell Numerous volunteers The Austin insect enthusiast community Texas Army National Guard U.S. Forest Service Texas Ecolab Program

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