Welcome to the Department of Museum Research and Collections!

We oversee the management and curation of the Alabama Museum of Natural History collections and develop interdisciplinary research programs focusing on museum-based research. An increasing portion our collections can be found in the online database Arctos. Try our new Collections Search Portal. Browse this site to learn more about who we are and what we do.

Research News

Insects of North America

Insects of North America is a field guide that enables you to identify all 783 families of insects currently recognized in the United States and Canada!

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Bug Out (Southern Science)

When trying to study changes in insect populations, researchers are hindered by one big problem: We don’t know as much about bugs as we need to. “We know almost nothing,”

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Collections News