Welcome to the 4th edition of an intensive course on innovative uses of museum’s resources for vertebrate’s research. By the end of this course students will have an updated overview of the potential of museum collections for biodiversity research
The host instructors, from CIBIO-InBIO and the Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto (MHNCUP) and foreign instructors from Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) and the Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS) will share their knowledge and experience on preparing, curating, and using museum specimens. This will be complemented by online lectures of several invited researchers. In addition, students will practice how to prepare bird and mammal specimens and how tissues can be obtained and preserved for a variety of uses.
CIBIO-InBIO is located at the Vairão Campus, just north of Porto city (how to get there). The Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto (MHNCUP) is located right in the centre of Porto city.
time (GMT +1)
09:00 – 10:15
Value of museums in the 21st century and current methods for preparing specimens
Museum specimens as a genetic and genomic resource
Museum specimens as a resource for non-genetic molecular analysis
Museum specimen’s data as a resource for biodiversity analysis
10.30 – 12.45
Invited lectures – the principle of the “extended specimen” & “whole specimen” examples
Invited lectures – retrieval of genetic data from ancient specimens
Invited lectures – retrieval of non-genetic molecular analysis data from ancient specimens
Invited lectures – use of museum data for biodiversity analysis
14.15 – 17:30
Practical session – preparing voucher specimens (birds)
Practical session – preparing voucher specimens (mammals)
Practical session – preparing voucher specimens (birds & mammals)
Visit to MHNCUP Collections – types of specimens and storage
Visit to a taxidermist office – preparation of mounted specimens for exhibition
- Ricardo Jorge Lopes (CIBIO/UP & MHNCUP, Portugal).
- Paulo Célio Alves (CIBIO/UP & FCUP, Portugal).
- Jeremy Searle, Cornell University & Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV)
- Vanya Gregor Rohwer, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV). Curator of Birds and Mammals.
- Mary Margaret Ferraro Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV). Bird Collections Manager.
- Alexandre Aleixo Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS)
Curator of the ornithological, osteological, and vertebrate tissue collections.
- Jan Lijfeld (UIO, Norway) – Will talk about curation of Sperm Collection, a clear example of the “extended specimen” concept.
- Jen Wright (University of Hull, UK) – Will talk about a citizen science project that involves 3D Scans and morphometrics of bill shapes.
- Ana Leitão (CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal) – Will talk on the use of bird printed models based on 3D photogrammetry of museum specimens.
- Joel Alves (University of Oxford, UK) – Will share its experience on the retrieval of genetic resources from ancient periods to the present.
- Raquel Godinho, Diana Lobo and Carolina Freitas (CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal) – Will talk about their experience with retrieving genetic resources from different tissues of museum specimens.
- Christopher R. Cooney (University of Sheffield, UK) – Will share its experience with a citizen science project that combined photographies of Museum specimens using colour and UV filters, and the help of thousands of volunteers to extract the colour information needed to answer key questions about bird colour evolution.
- Paola Novalli (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands) – Will talk about the importance of archive specimens for monitoring contaminants in the environment and the implications for wildlife and human health at the European level.
- Rui Figueira (ISA, University of Lisbon, Portugal) – As the Portuguese Node Manager of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), he will talk about the interaction between biological specimens and the availability of data.