Paleobotany

Paleobotany Services and Policies

As the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Burke Museum offers the following services through its Paleobotany Collection. If you don’t find a service or policy you’re looking for, contact one of the Paleontology and Geology Collections managers on the People and Contact page.

Specimen Loans

The Paleontology and Geology Department will lend specimens to qualified institutions for exhibition, education or scholarly research. Specimens will not be lent to individuals except under special circumstances and with the approval of the Burke Museum Director.

Loan requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and approval is contingent upon such considerations as the structural stability of the specimens, security, exhibition or research conditions at the borrowing facility; insurance, crating, transportation, length of exhibition or research, and requirements for courier service. For more information, please contact the Paleontology and Geology Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Visiting the Collections

Access to the Paleontology and Geology Department collections is at the discretion of the curators and collections managers. Requests for access are considered on an individual basis. Access may be restricted or denied (for example, information restriction imposed by donor stipulation). For more information, please contact the Paleontology and Geology Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Use of Specimen Images

The Burke Museum retains the sole copyright for its holdings and all images depicting its holdings. Photographic images that are in the care of or are the property of the Burke Museum, or photographs, photocopies or artistic renderings of collection items that are in the care of or are the property of the Burke Museum may not be used for commercial purposes without specific written permission. For more information, please contact the Paleontology and Geology Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Fossil Identification

If you think you have found a fossil, the Paleontology and Geology Department can help identify it. Please note that we will not purchase your fossil or take it away. If you wish, and your fossil is of scientific interest, you may donate it to the museum. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Paleontology and Geology Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

Resource: Online Identification Form

Specimen Donation

The Paleobotany Collection welcomes donations of fossil plant specimens with excellent accompanying locality information and that are not common in our current collection. Each donation is considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact the Paleontology and Geology Collections manager on the People and Contact page.

UW Courses and Research

The Paleontology and Geology Department’s collections provide the main reference materials for undergraduate student instruction and graduate student research in paleontology at the University of Washington (UW). We are dedicated to making the collections resources and our research results available to inquiring minds throughout the world and to training the next generation of natural history scientists and museum professionals. Visit the UW Paleobiology page for more information about UW paleontology courses and research.

Volunteer Opportunities

For information about current Paleobotany volunteer opportunities, visit the volunteering at the Burke page.

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