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Our mission is to strive for excellence and leadership in our stewardship of ASU's Natural History collections while providing the highest quality specimen-based biodiversity research, innovative biodiversity informatic products, and collection-centered biology courses. Our goal is to make our collections accessible to the wider community while promoting scientific literacy through outreach and the use of innovative learning tools.
In 2014, Arizona State University opened a new building to house its collections of over 1.3
million preserved biological specimens. The new ASU Natural History Collections building
includes museum specimens of insects, mollusk shells, fossils, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles,
vascular plants, bryophytes, and lichens from around the world (though with an emphasis on
Arizona and the Southwest). These are primarily research specimens used by scientists,
students, and the public to answer a variety of questions, including taxonomic, geographic, and
ecological relationships. Recently we became an official center called BioKIC or (Biodiversity
Knowledge Integration Center).