Specimen Labs

Morphology Lab

Morphology lab

The KU Biodiversity-Morphology Laboratory is a shared research space where a diversity of researchers explore the developmental and adult anatomy of museum specimens, skeletons, and fossilized vertebrates using tradtional white light and fluorescent imaging. This facility has ample bench space with several stereo and compound microscopes for phenotypic analysis, specimen preparation, illustration, and photographic documentation. A diversity of investigators, associates, postdocs, and students collect data for morphometrics, discrete character analysis, and ontogenetic studies. Contact Leo Smith if you would like to use the Morphology Laboratory because basic instruction in laboratory policies and safety are necessary prior to initiating work there. 

Wet Lab

Wet lab

The KU Biodiversity Institute wet lab facility located on the 4th floor of Dyche Hall is a shared facility available for use by all those working with wet collections (alcohol and formaldehyde). The wet lab is conveniently located next to the wet wing that houses all alcoholic and formaldehyde specimens for KUBI research units – Entomology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy and Ornithology. The facility has ample bench space with extractor fan units, as well as microscopes for specimen preparation and research by investigators, associates, postdocs, and students. The lab is also stocked with all of the basic supplies (dissection equipment, mixed fluids, jars, vials etc.) that are necessary for work with wet collections. Contact Andy Bentley or Rafe Brown if you would like to use the wet lab because basic instruction in laboratory policies and safety are necessary prior to initiating work there. See individual division’s collection pages for research use of collections.

Imaging Lab