Southeastern Vertebrate Museum


The Southeastern Louisiana University Vertebrate Museum is a research facility for the study of ecology, evolution, and natural history of vertebrate animals. We possess an ever-growing collection of  fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal specimens.  The Vertebrate Museum serves as a permanent repository for vertebrate specimens and acts as a library of biological information for use in current and future research projects.

We currently have on the order of 100,000 total vertebrate specimens!

One of the main goals of the Vertebrate Museum (as with other natural history collections) is to maintain collections for future researchers to look at specimens and patterns that we do not currently have the technology or knowledge for.


To navigate the Museum webpages, use the navigation bar on the left or click the photo links below.

          darter fish in jar link to collections and loans darter fish in jar link to collections and loans outreach and education link personnel link



Exciting New Projects

Thanks to a recent NSF Grant, we currently have several large projects ongoing in the museum, primarily revolving around the digitization of the collections. Specifically, we aim to:

  1. focus on curation of existing museum specimens and tissue samples
  2. digitize and georeference specimen data
  3. accession, retag, and relabel Herpetology specimens donated from the Tulane University Museum (now the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute)
  4. integrate the data with online repositories
  5. make the data available to the general scientific community
  6. collaborating with Turtle Cove Research Station to increase outreach and education


Broadening Our Reach

Funding obtained from this NSF grant has also allowed us to hire a science communication expert, Dr. Elizabeth A. Marchio, "Dr. Liz", who is developing outreach and education materials for K-12 students and a traveling fish, reptile and amphibian program titled The Bone SheauxThis outreach program will be used to stimulate interest in organismal biology to K-12 students in southeastern Louisiana, which includes some of the most impoverished parishes in Louisiana.

Dr. Liz is the museum liaison for outreach and education with the Vertebrate Museum. If you're interested in learning more or in booking a campus tour or on-site program, please e-mail her at If you are interested in volunteering in the museum, see here for an application.