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MUSEUM TECHNIQUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY (BIRDS AND MAMMALS)
MUSEUM TECHNIQUES IN THE 21st CENTURY
4th edition
June 6-9, 2022 | CIBIO-InBIO. BIOPOLIS, Vairão, Portugal 
(The course will take place in a classroom context)

updated information in the dedicated website: https://ricardojorgelopes.com/teaching/museum_techniques_2022/

Welcome to the 4th edition of an intensive course on innovative uses of museum’s resources for vertebrate’s research. By the end of this course students will have an updated overview of the potential of museum collections for biodiversity research. The host instructors, from CIBIO-InBIO and the Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Porto (MHNCUP) and foreign instructors from Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV), will share their knowledge and experience on preparing, curating, and using museum specimens. This will be complemented by online lectures of several invited researchers. In addition, students will practice how to prepare bird and mammal specimens and how tissues can be obtained and preserved for a variety of uses.

More specifically we aim to:
1) present an updated overview on the value of museums and the use of collections and specimens in the 21st century, using new technologies and analytical methods, following the principle of the "extended specimen”. These include, among others:
a) discuss state-of-the-art ‘whole specimen’ techniques including CT scanning and 3D modelling;
b) consider how museum specimens provide genetic and genomic resources and how to retrieve genomic data from historical specimens;
c) present other non-genetic molecular methods (e.g., stable isotopes, toxicology and quantification of coloration);
d) Understand the potential of the spatial and temporal data gathered along with the specimen, especially when made available in global repositories, such as GBIF.
2) practice the ways that ‘voucher specimens’ and tissues of vertebrates can be prepared, to ensure that quality data is available for generations to come.

Schedule
Day 01 | Monday, June 6, 2022
morning
09.00 - 10.15
beyond the specimen - present the "extend specimen" concept, and the potentially limitless use of biological collections
whole specimen - discuss state-of-the-art ‘whole specimen’ techniques including CT scanning and 3D modelling
10.30 - 12.45 invited lectures
afternoon
14.15 - 17.30 Practical session - preparing voucher specimens (birds)

Day 02 | Tuesday, June 7, 2022
morning
09.00 - 10.15
genetics - consider how museum specimens provide genetic and genomic resources and how to retrieve genomic data from historical specimens
10.30 - 12.45 invited lectures
afternoon
14.15 - 17.30 practical session - preparing voucher specimens (mammals)

Day 03 | Wednesday, June 8, 2022
morning
09.00 - 10.15
other molecular - present other non-genetic molecular methods, such as stable isotopes, toxicology, and quantification of coloration
10.30 - 12.45 invited lectures
afternoon
14.15 - 17.30 practical session - preparing voucher specimens (Birds / Mammals)

Day 04 | Thursday, June 9, 2022
morning
09.00 - 10.15 data - understand the potential of the spatial and temporal data, available in global repositories, such as GBIF
10.30 - 12.45 invited lectures
afternoon
14.15 - 15.30 Field trip
MHNUP collections - types of specimens and storage in a scientific collection
Professional taxidermist office - preparation of specimens for exhibition

Course Instructors

Ricardo Jorge Lopes, (coordinator), CIBIO-InBIO & MHNC-UP (Portugal)

Paulo Célio Alves, University of Porto & CIBIO-InBIO (Portugal)

Jeremy Searle, Cornell University & Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV)

Vanya Gregor Rohwer, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV)

Mary Margaret Ferraro, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV)

Alexandre Aleixo Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS)
Curator of the ornithological, osteological, and vertebrate tissue collections.


Invited Speakers (not closed yet)
  • Jan Lijfeld (UIO, Norway) – curation of Sperm Collection, a clear example of the "extended specimen” concept.
  • Jen Wright (University of Hull, UK) – citizen science project that involves 3D Scans and morphometrics of bill shapes. 
  • Joel Alves (University of Oxford, UK) – the retrieval of genetic resources from ancient periods to the present. 
  • Raquel Godinho, Diana Lobo and Carolina Freitas (CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal) – retrieving genetic resources from different tissues of museum specimens. 
  • Christopher Cooney (University of Sheffield, UK) – citizen science project to extract the colour information needed to answer key questions about bird colour evolution.
  • Rui Figueira (ISA, University of Lisbon, Portugal) –Portuguese Node Manager of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF - interaction between biological specimens and the availability of data.
  • Ana Leitão (CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal) –  use of bird printed models based on 3D photogrammetry of museum specimens.
  • Paola Novalli (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands) –  importance of archive specimens for monitoring contaminants in the environment. 

Intended audience and Selection Criteria
The course will be open to a maximum number of 20 participants.

Priority will be given to:
1) 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
2) PhD students attending other courses;
3) Other post-graduate students;
4) Researchers.

Registration
Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 80 € (students) | 150 € (other participants). CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%.
NEW Registration Deadline: May 22, 2022
All applicants will be notified about whether they are accepted until May 24, 2022

Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students