UTEP Vertebrates

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UTEP Vertebrates

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The UTEP Biodiversity Collections originated as departmental teaching and research collections in the early 1960s. Between the mid-1960s and the early 1970s, the collections were formalized under the name Museum of Arid Land Biology (acronym MALB). In 1976, organizational changes instituted by the university resulted in the renaming of the collections and associated activities as the Laboratory for Environmental Biology (acronym UTEP, though locally called the "LEB"). In July of 1993, the Laboratory became associated with the University of Texas at El Paso's Centennial Museum through a memorandum of understanding.

Some 160,000 curated specimens form the base for research by Centennial Museum personnel and faculty curators; by graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Texas at El Paso; and, through loans and visitation, graduate students and professionals from other institutions. The name was changed to UTEP Biodiversity Collections in August of 2012.

Collections primarily are of modern and fossil vertebrate biology (amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals). The collections have a regional emphasis, but also contain material from outside the Southwest, particularly from Mexico. The research collections are maintained in the Biology Building.

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Formation period: Pleistocene-Holocene

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Administrative contact
Scott Cutler
Curator of Collections & Exhibits
Centennial Museum The University of Texas at El Paso 79968-0533 El Paso TX United States +01 915-747-6668
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Scott Cutler
Curator of Collections & Exhibits
Centennial Museum The University of Texas at El Paso 79968-0533 El Paso TX United States +01 915-747-6668
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Scott Cutler
Curator of Collections & Exhibits
Centennial Museum The University of Texas at El Paso 79968-0533 El Paso TX United States +01 915-747-6668

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University of Texas at El Paso

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Dec 23, 2013

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Aug 16, 2012

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The collections have a regional emphasis, but also contain material from outside the Southwest, particularly from Mexico.

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The collections have a regional emphasis, but also contain material from outside the Southwest, particularly from Mexico.

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Point of contact
Scott Cutler
Curator of Ornithology
Laboratory for Environmental Biology University of Texas at El Paso 79968-0519 El Paso TX United States
Point of contact
Robert Webb
Co-Curator of the Herpetology Collection
Laboratory for Environmental Biology University of Texas at El Paso 79968-0519 El Paso TX United States
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Carl Lieb
Co-Curator of the Herpetology Collection
Laboratory for Environmental Biology University of Texas at El Paso 79968-0519 El Paso TX United States