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.