Basic functions of the Texas Natural History Collections' Fish Collection

This project is ongoing.

Located on the Pickle Research Campus, the Texas Natural History Collections’ Ichthyology Collection contains over 53,000 specimens from around the world, but primarily from Texas, and is growing rapidly. Most specimens are stored in alcohol in jars on shelves and loaned to researchers around the world for research purposes. The collection is the primary contributor and physical home to the Fishes of Texas Project ( and search “Fishes of Texas” in Eureka). Dr. Dean Hendrickson is the curator of the collection whose research also occurs in the physical space of the collections building.


required: attention to detail; willingness to handle preserved specimens; interest in fishes (ichthyology) and/or aquatic ecology, conservation and natural resource management.

preferred: familiarity with spreadsheets

Project Timeline

project is ongoing; volunteers are needed year-round including summer


Tasks include but are not limited to: specimen sorting, specimen identification; counting and measuring specimens; shelving specimens; data entry, photography, scanning documents, mixing alcohol; and occasional field work. Volunteers must commit to at least one 4-hour block at least once a week (tues, wed and/or thurs) and are expected to establish a regular schedule. The herpetology collection is in the same building and opportunities to work in that collection are available as well.


The Office of Undergraduate Research recommends that you attend an info session or advising before contacting faculty members or project contacts about research opportunities. We'll cover the steps to get involved, tips for contacting faculty, funding possibilities, and options for course credit. Once you have attended an Office of Undergraduate Research info session or spoken to an advisor, you can use the "Who to contact" details for this project to get in touch with the project leader and express your interest in getting involved.

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