Special Topics: Museum Methods
(Wednesdays 6-8:30, #1908)
Dr. Alan Gishlick
Our ability to understand the natural world and our place in it depends on the collection, preservation, and ongoing study of natural history collections in museums, universities, and parks. These collections are a physical record of the history of humans and the planet. Collections serve as a basis for studying ecology, evolution, the affects of climate change, and human cultures and have implications for trade and economics, environmental quality, agriculture, public health, and national security. Many objects are scientific and historical treasures that cannot be collected easily anymore, if at all. Collections are priceless. This class will introduce students to the theory, philosophy, ethics, and practice of museum collections. It will also offer hands on experience in the practical methods employed in collections conservation and care. This course is ideal for students interested in potential careers in museums, as well as any students anticipating working with collections for research in the fields of geology, biology, archeology, and anthropology.
This course may count for a biology elective if your advisor feels this is appropriate.