The Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) is a division of the Museum of Texas Tech University committed to the mission of building and preserving a library of our planet's natural heritage for education and research purposes.  The NSRL has been recognized as a leader in the development and use of innovative methodologies for biological collections care and data management.


On 31 May 2015, Dr. Robert J. Baker officially retired as Director of the NSRL and as Horn Professor of the Department of Biological Sciences.  Dr. Baker was instrumental in the establishment of the NSRL in 1972, and served as Director, Curator of Mammals, and Curator of Genetic Resources since 1976.  The faculty and staff of the NSRL express our sincerest thanks to Dr. Baker for his dedication to the NSRL for more than 40 years, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

 Effective 1 June 2015, Dr. Robert D. Bradley, Professor of Biological Sciences and Curator of Mammals, assumed the role of Director of the Natural Science Research Laboratory.  Dr. Bradley has served as Curator of Mammals and has actively contributed to the growth and development of the NSRL’s Mammal and Genetic Resources Collections since 1994.  In 2014, Dr. Bradley was named Assistant Director of the NSRL, as well as Series Editor for Occasional Papers and Special Publications of the Museum. 

Please direct official business for the Director to:  Dr. Robert D. Bradley, Natural Science Research Laboratory, Museum of Texas Tech University, Box 43191, Lubbock, TX 79409-3191.



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