The Extended Specimen: Emerging Frontiers in Collections-Based Ornithological Research

Michael S. Webster

July 7, 2017 Forthcoming by CRC Press
Reference - 240 Pages - 21 Color & 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498729154 - CAT# K25955
Series: Studies in Avian Biology

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Features

  • Illustrates the many ways in which bird specimens can be used to address important biological questions
  • Reviews the uses of non-specimen collections - acoustic, genetic, video
  • Provides a clear rationale for sustaining Natural History Museum research
  • Documents the modernization of specimen records and development of museum bioinformatics

Summary

This book highlights the research potential for ornithological specimens, and stimulates ornithologists poised to initiate a renaissance in collections-based ornithological research. Contributors illustrate collections and specimens in novel ways by adopting emerging new technologies and analytical techniques. Case studies display the use of museum specimens, emerging and non-traditional types of specimens, and developing new methods for making biological collections more accessible and "usable" for ornithological researchers. The book demonstrates the power of ornithological collections to address key research questions at global scales.