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Ichthyology Collection

Collection Expansion

Expansion of the Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Collection:
A Work In Progress


As a result of the University of Florida's assimilation of the University of Miami Marine Laboratory Collection of Fishes (UMML) during the period 1995-2000, already limited space was quickly overwhelmed to the point of many thousands of specimens being displaced to temporary storage areas. The unfortunate outcome of these events has been greatly reduced access to these displaced specimens, which include both UF cataloged and uncataloged lots in addition to still other recently adopted orphaned collections.

In concert with long anticipated changes in space distribution within Dickinson Hall, NSF funding of the proposal "Improvements to the Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyological Collection" has provided a near doubling of range and laboratory space. The November 2002 - January 2003 installation of a high-density storage system in the 2808 sq. ft. area directly adjacent to the existing compactor system translates to 5733 sq. ft. of range space and approximately 23,200 sq. ft. of specimen shelving. Additional improvements include the creation of a small room for the growing collection of UF type specimens and a limited amount of space dedicated to housing larger fishes.

Redistribution of all materials into the unified high-density storage systems, both existing and new, was completed in June 2003.



Collection Expansion
Starting from scratch
(December 1, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Another view of the expansion facilities
(December 1, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Starting from scratch
(December 1, 2002)

Collection Expansion
George Burgess standing in front of the current Ichthyology Collection
compactors (December 1, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Pouring the cement floor with the new compactor tracks in place
(December 2-6, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Smoothing out the wet cement
(December 2-6, 2002)

Collection Expansion
More cement work
(December 2-6, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Removal of the track protectors and the addition of the ramp
(December 9-12, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Work on the ramp and compactor tracks
(December 9-12, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Work on the ramp and compactor tracks
(December 9-12, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Positioning of shelf carriages prior to installation
(December 13, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Positioning of shelf carriages prior to installation
(December 13, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 17, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 18, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 18, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 18, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 18, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 18, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 18, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Shelf Construction
(December 18, 2002)

Collection Expansion
End Panels
(December 23, 2002)

Collection Expansion
End Panels Completed
(December 26, 2002)

Collection Expansion
End Panels Completed
(December 26, 2002)

Collection Expansion
Only the beginning...
(January 8, 2003)

Collection Expansion
More of the beginning...
(January, 8, 2003)

Collection Expansion
Shelving the ichthyology collection
(January 8, 2003)

Collection Expansion
Shelving the ichthyology collection
(January, 9, 2003)

Collection Expansion
Shelved fish
(January 9, 2003)

Collection Expansion
Unloading fish from rental truck
(May 20, 2003)

Collection Expansion
Unloading fish from rental truck
(May 20, 2003)

Collection Expansion
The crew carrying fish down the museum stairway
(May 20, 2003)

Collection Expansion
Jars of fish!
(May 20, 2003)

Collection Expansion
More jars of fish!
(May 20, 2003)

Collection Expansion
And more jars of fish!
(May 20, 2003)

Collection Expansion
More jars of fish!
(May 20, 2003)

Collection Expansion
Jars of fish awaiting curation
(May 20, 2003)