Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
Berry Center 231
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
The Museum of Vertebrates, maintained by the UW Zoology/Physiology Department, contains approximately 10,000 specimens of birds, mammals, fish and amphibians - many of which were sourced from Wyoming. Why do we keep a vertebrate collection? Specimens contain a lot of information and when and where the specimen was collected, and also provides information about its weight, size and more. By examining this information and looking for differences and similarities between specimens over time, researchers can better understand regional and global biodiversity, evolution, ecology and conservation.
Students will learn what a vertebrate is and the broad diversity of vertebrates in Wyoming and around the world.
Hands-on and interactive education for enhanced memory and interest in the topic.
Improved understanding of characteristics of a species (why porcupines have quills, why prairie chickens have orange visible air sacs, why trout have speckles) and how that connects to its environment or life history.
Contact the Biodiversity Institute at 307-766-6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss with Dorothy Tuthill, Associate Director, what your class can do this school year!
Need more context? Click here and here to view posters outlining the program and offering suggestions, and a handy postcard summarizing the idea. Contact Dr. Dorothy with any questions or to get your class involved.