Collections in Support of Biological Research
NSF “Collections in Support of Biological Research” funding allowed us to renovate and upgrade the collection equipment and infrastructure. This included the installation of a compactor system, plus all new cabinets, drawers and unit trays that house the specimens.
NSF Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI-1203398)
Construction began in February 2013 and was completed in July 2013. To see a photo chronicle of the renovation process, click here.
“We specialized in Arizona,” says Olson. “The majority of [the collection] represents Southern Arizona, some of the Sonoran Desert, and we keep trying to expand into the other deserts.”
Olson says Arizona is home to one of the most diverse insect populations in the world.The UA Insect Collection helps researchers understand how the various species evolved and how climate change is affecting their ecosystem, he says. Olson says two grants totaling more than $2 million, plus a $625,000 endowment to support research by visiting scholars, have been awarded to the UA Insect Collection. The funding will enable an upgrade of the facility that Olson says is overdue.