Database & Research Tools

The Zoology Section has databased 99% of the specimen records across all invertebrate and vertebrate collections, and has retrospectively georeferenced* most specimens, especially those in Colorado and in other Rocky Mountain and Plains states.

Our specimen records are available through an online portal providing access to museum specimen records. For all the data portals, you may choose the University of Colorado Museum (UCM) as a provider and search our collections specifically.

GBIF - Mollusk collection (Data Provider page)

With support from the National Science Foundation, we previously developed a mapping portal (Mapstedi) to search for specimens across our collections (including invertebrates, fishes, birds, etc.) and to retrieve maps showing the locations of those specimens. We were also involved in an international consortium for creating tools for georeferencing biodiversity data as part of the Biogeomancer project.

Inquiries regarding the database and research tools we have developed should be sent to collections manager Heather Robeson.

*Retrospective georeferencing is the process of assigning computer-readable coordinates (eg. latitude and longitude) to a specimen record based on the original text-based locality description.