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General Policy

UCMP collections and facilities are available for use by qualified researchers. Loans of specimens are available to qualified researchers, and exhibit loans are available for non-profit purposes.

Collection records (accession, specimen, and locality records) are available for use and should comprise an important part of any publication involving the citation of UCMP materials. However, these data should not be released prior to publication without approval by Museum staff.

Visitors to UCMP are expected to handle specimens properly and comply with collections management policy governing collections and lab use. Proper use insures that UCMP collections will be available for future generations. Violations of these rules will result in loss of access to UCMP collections and facilities.

General Rules for Facilities and Collections Use

All users must:

Obtain permission before examining any collection or using laboratory areas so that Museum staff can coordinate visitors, track use of the collections, and comply with environmental health and safety requirements. See "Contacts" below.

Specify the collection they want to use; permission for access to one collection does not authorize use of others.

Obtain permission from a Museum Scientist before removing any specimen(s) from UCMP collections. See "Contacts" below.

For More Information

Please read Internal Policies for specific information on the use of UCMP collection materials by UCMP Faculty Curators, graduate student affiliates, Museum staff, and Director-approved UC Staff.

Please read External Policies for specific information on the use of UCMP collection materials by researchers from other institutions.


UCMP Collections Management and Lab Use Mark Goodwin (510) 643-9745
Invertebrate Collections David Haasl (510) 643-3254
Microfossil Collections Ken Finger (510) 643-2559
Paleobotany Collections Diane Erwin (510) 642-3921
Vertebrate and Element Collections Patricia Holroyd (510) 642-3733

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