Significance of Natural History Collections
in Science and Education
As educators and scientists, the Curators of the NSRL are committed to the goal of raising public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of scientific investigation and discovery. Below are links to articles by NSRL Curators that describe the value and role of natural history collections in research. Also visit our Media and Resources page for links to television interviews, YouTube videos, and other media highlighting the NSRL.
Assessing the Value of Natural History Collections and Addressing Issues Regarding Long-Term Growth and Care. 2014. BioScience 64:1150-1158. Robert D. Bradley, Lisa C. Bradley, Heath J. Garner, and Robert J. Baker.
“Door to Drawer” Costs of Curation, Installation, Documentation, Databasing, and Long-term Care of Mammal Voucher Specimens in Natural History Collections. 2014. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 323:1-15. Robert J. Baker, Lisa C. Bradley, Heath J. Garner, and Robert D. Bradley.
Cost of Collecting and Preparing Mammal Voucher Specimens for Natural History Collections. 2012. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 313:1-14. Robert D. Bradley, Lisa C. Bradley, Heath J. Garner, and Robert J. Baker.
The use of collections in research and teaching at the Museum of Texas Tech University. 2011. University Museums and Collections Journal 3:127-135. Nicky Ladkin, Eileen Johnson, Robert J. Baker, and Sankar Chatterjee.