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SPECIAL NOTICE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UMMZ/Herbarium has limited personnel available working onsite. No loan returns should be shipped without prior notification, and collection visits, loan requests, gifts, exchanges, etc. should be coordinated with the appropriate curatorial staff. Please expect delayed responses. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


The UMMZ research collections were initiated in 1837 and have grown over time as scientific expeditions by UM biologists and many others have entrusted archival research materials, collected from every region of the world, to their care. Because of their age and global composition, the collections are irreplaceable biodiversity resources that include representatives of many extinct populations, species and faunas. Together with sister collections in peer museums, they provide the ultimate record for studying effects of anthropogenic environmental change on the distributions, appearances, and genetic features of global faunas.

Due to their global research significance, the UMMZ collections support large numbers of scholarly publications every year covering the entire spectrum of topic areas in biodiversity science.

View a partial list of recent publications

Our collections comprise an essential component of life sciences research and teaching at the University of Michigan.  Students and researchers derive inestimable benefits from being able to apply the UMMZ collections to study first-hand the diversity of animals from all habitats and regions of the world.

For details on our Permits, Loans and Accessions policies please refer to the following downloadable PDF documents:

Museum of Zoology Collections