Nearly the entire vertebrate collection is databased and available electronically, and a considerable portion has georeferenced locality information (GIS latitude, longitude) either through focused taxonomic efforts (MaNIS) or through CU Museum efforts (Mapstedi, Biogeomancer projects) especially specimens from Colorado and in other Rocky Mountain and Plains states.
Our specimen records are available through several online portals. For all the data portals, you may choose the University of Colorado Museum (UCM) as a provider and search our collections specifically.
Tissues for DNA analyses: none of our historical collections have tissues specifically preserved for DNA. Alcohol-preserved specimens in the fish and herp collections were preserved first in formalin and then in alcohol; therefore would only be appropriate for molecular methods particular to formalin-preserved tissues. Bird and mammal specimens also do not have tissues specifically preserved for DNA, but do include dried specimen skin, hair, and feathers. New collections (since 2007) by the Vertebrate curator for Rocky Mountain mammals (and some herps) do have alcohol-preserved tissues.
Inquiries regarding the vertebrate database and tissues should be sent to Vertebrate curator Christy McCain or the vertebrates collection manager. Inquires into research tools (e.g., Mapstedi, Biogeomancer) should be sent to Invertebrate curator Rob Guralnick.