Permission to visit the collections is granted by the Curator in charge of that collection and logistics will be handled by the Earth Sciences Collections Manager (Kristen MacKenzie). You may contact them via phone, e-mail, or letter, although e-mail is probably the most reliable. If you cannot reach the appropriate curator, contact the Collections Manager. See the following guidelines for further details.
- Paleobotany, Palynology - Dr. Miller
- Fossil Archosaurs (Dinosaurs & Birds, Crocodyliforms, Pterosaurs) - Dr. Sertich
- Fossil Lower Vertebrates (Turtles, Squamates, Marine Reptiles, Fish) - Dr. Lyson
- Fossil Mammals – Dr. Krause
- Fossil Invertebrates, Rocks, Minerals, Meteorties - Dr. Hagadorn
Guidelines for Visiting Researchers
Welcome to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and thank you for your interest in our collections! We appreciate the opportunity to share our collections with a wider audience. These guidelines are designed to help make your research experience a bit easier. Please feel free to ask any of the Earth Sciences staff if you have further questions!
Your host will provide you with a tour of the collections areas you will be working in and show you where the specimens you need are located. (Remind them to point out the location of the nearest restrooms!) If you need one, your host will also give you a user name and password for accessing the wireless internet. Your host is responsible for providing you physical access to the collections.
Please let your host know what you need in terms of materials such as a work space, copy stand, microscope, etc. If in need of assistance, check with your host, or if they are unreachable (in a meeting, perhaps), contact the collections manager.
The collections spaces are open 9-5 Monday-Friday. If you need to work outside of these hours, please let your host know early on so that arrangements can be made. Please do not expect to stay late or come in on weekends unless you have made prior arrangements with your host.
Specimen Care and Handling:
Gloves are not necessary for most of the specimens. Your host will let you know of any specific handling concerns. Please move the specimens as little as possible to reduce the risk of damage. Ask for help when moving heavy, awkward, or fragile specimens.
Food and Drink:
Food is not allowed in any of the collections areas. Check with your host about drinks such as coffee.
We allow photography on all of the earth sciences collections. You can request existing photographs from the Image Archivist. If you are going to use a photograph of a DMNS specimen (even if you took it) in a publication, you must get permission from the DMNS Image Archivist Rene M O'Connell.
- All loans must be approved by a curator.
- Type specimens are not loaned out except in unusual circumstances.
- Specimens from active research collections will not be loaned except in unusual circumstances.
- If you are a student, the loan must be to your advisor.
- The maximum term for a loan is one year, with possible renewal.
- If the appropriate curator is not available to approve a loan, we will ship the specimens to you at a later date after obtaining approval.