The Southeastern Louisiana University Vertebrate Museum is a research facility for the study of ecology, evolution, and natural history of vertebrate animals. We possess specimens of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The Vertebrate Museum aids in the research of numerous scientists at Southeastern Louisiana University and elsewhere, and also serves as a research specimen repository from studies by our faculty, students, and collaborators.
The Vertebrate Museum serves as a permanent repository for vertebrate specimens; we currently have on the order of 100,000 total vertebrate specimens. One of the main goals of the Vertebrate Museum (as with other natural history collections) is to maintain collections for future researchers to look at specimens and patterns that we do not currently have the technology or knowledge for.
We currently have several large projects ongoing in the museum, primarily revolving around the digitization of the collections. Here are a few:
Interested in volunteering in the museum? See here for an application.