Zoology Prep Lab
The Zoology Prep Lab is a crucial step in the life of a vertebrate zoology specimen. Staff and volunteers working in this lab collect data and prepare vertebrates for their long life in the growing zoology collections. We prepare a variety of skins, skeletons, and alcohol specimens for research. In addition, we sample tissues and save parasites from specimens coming through the lab. We work closely with zoology curators and collections staff to ensure that scientists receive the materials they need for their research.
In addition to preparing specimens, this lab houses the Zoology Department’s frozen tissue and parasite collections. The frozen tissue collection is made up of vials filled with tissues researchers can use for genetics and toxicology research. The parasite collection holds endo- (inside) and ecto- (outside) parasites that come from animals prepared in the lab.