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Of Museums, Specimens and Maps: How Collections Help Conservation in a Time of Extinction


J Tomasz Giermakowski, Ph.D.
Senior Collections Manager
Division of Amphibians and Reptiles
Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), UNM

Research collections are an important part of natural history museums. They are libraries of biodiversity and geodiversity and are often used in very diverse fields of scientific research. For example, biological specimens and their associated data are used in studying the past, present, and future distributions of important or threatened species. Join Dr. Giermakowski for a fascinating look at the MSB collection of reptiles in New Mexico, including unusual and threatened species that live along New Mexico's rivers.
Dr. Tom Giermakowski is a Senior Collection Manager of the Amphibian and Reptile Division at the Museum of Southwestern Biology at UNM. His research interests are related to mapping the distribution of species, both in present and future, based on relationships with climate and geology. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of New Mexico. 

Held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800 Visit:

Purchase in advance online to guarantee your seats, go to  Online lecture ticket sales stop Noon the day of the lecture. The day of the lecture if seats are available they will be sold at the door as a first come first server basis, at the NMMNH&S's Admissions desk.  Doors open at 6:15pm.  

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants. 


$6 General, $5 Members, $4 Students
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