Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

SIS Staff

Specimen Information Services (SIS)

SIS staff members maintain voucher, reference, educational, and research collections which contain cataloged lots of fish larvae, fish, and invertebrate specimens. The specimens are available for loan to researchers and educators worldwide.

Specimen Information Services (SIS)

SIS staff members manage and maintain research and reference collections of preserved biological specimens and associated ecological databases.

Search the SIS Collections

Search the SIS catalogued collections of fish and invertebrates.

The Importance of Natural History Collections

Specimen collections, an invaluable resource to researchers, document the presence of a particular species in place and time.

History of the Collections

Beginning in 1955, FWRI has maintained specimens collected in scientific studies.

Ichthyology Collection

The preserved biological specimens and the associated ecological database are a rich resource of Florida's biodiversity information.

Invertebrate Collection

The cataloged invertebrate collection contains over 115,000 cataloged lots of marine organisms which document the biodiversity of Florida’s marine ecosystems.

SEAMAP Ichthyoplankton Collection

The Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program is a cooperative state and federal program for collecting, managing, and disseminating fishery-independent data.

Specimen Information Services Collection Intern or Volunteer

Primary responsibilities are: assisting with various collection tasks related to maintaining biological specimens and attendant data according to museum protocols, taxonomic identifications, and support of ongoing projects by FWRI scientists.

What Fish is This?

How to report a rare or unusual fish in Florida waters.

Specimen Information Services Contacts

Contact Information for Specimen Information Services.

Interview with a Scientist: Joan Herrera

Joan is FWRI's Curator of Collections. She oversees a vast reference collection of preserved biological specimens and associated ecological databases.

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