NSC Alliance Releases New Resources on Importance of Collections to Climate Research

Tuesday, 19 July, 2016

The Natural Science Collections Alliance has come forward with two short pieces on how natural history collections can help to make a difference in climate change research.

  • “Museum Collections Document a Century of Change” gives us a portrayal of how the collections of biological specimens, photographs, and field notes from the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley during the early twentieth century have helped us gain new insights. The information that was retrieved from them have been of use in today's research in trying to understand the effects of higher temperatures on various species. Take a look at a copy of the issue brief here.
  • “How Thoreau, Walden, and Herbarium Specimens Informed Research” illustrates how variations in the timing of flowering have been well-documented thanks to plant collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Read more in the issue brief here.