Who We Are
The Zoology Department maintains an active program of specimen acquisition and management, scientific research, education, and public programming to promote a better understanding of the Earth's biodiversity and to gather information needed to make informed decisions about species conservation. Although the department's collections and programs span the globe, current activities focus primarily on ecosystems of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of North America. Curators also investigate how natural populations of vertebrates and invertebrates change over time and how these species are affected by changes in the natural environment. Curators use a variety of approaches including field work, measuring and studying variations in museum specimens, microscopy, and molecular analyses to test hypotheses related to evolutionary changes in populations and species.