Movie: The future of museums and biodiversity research

Dr Craig Moritz illustrates how the early 20th Century collections of Californian birds and mammals amassed by Joseph Grinnell at the University of California, Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, USA, have enabled insights into species response to 100 years of change.

Resurveys of distributions, recollecting of specimens and subsequent analyses of phenotypic and genetic diversity has revealed both common patterns and idiosyncratic responses of species. More importantly this "Grinnell Resurvey Project" demonstrates that carefully curated museum collections provide a unique, physical record of species' and population histories that be interrogated in increasingly diverse ways and to address new questions.

© Australian Museum
Maxine Kauter
Maxine Kauter
Craig Moritz
Maxine Kauter

Last Updated: