Presentation on theme: "How (and How Not) to Survey a Systematic Invertebrate Paleontology Collection for Locality Data Paul Mayer Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager."— Presentation transcript:
How (and How Not) to Survey a Systematic Invertebrate Paleontology Collection for Locality Data Paul Mayer Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager Field Museum of Natural History
Collection Survey and Map I Started January, 2008 Third week asked for statistics on size and volume of collection. My main goal is to learn what is in the collections.
Field Museum Geology Department Collection Size
White, R. D. and W. D. Allmon. 2000. Guidelines for the Management and Curation of Invertebrate Fossil Collection. The Paleontological Society Special Publication v. 10, p. 3, table 2. 2000 Paleontological Society Survey
150 cabinets sampled 8 people, April 2001 to October 2002 2001 - 2002 Collection Manager Survey
What is in the collection? Quick survey of collection – Several hours –Cabinet by cabinet
Summary Benefits of a drawer by drawer survey –Understand collection –See problems and their extent –Snapshot of collection –Easy to generate maps. Future work: expand accessibility of collection –Cataloging –Digitizing –Photographing