Malacology Research

The Burke Malacology Collection represents a remarkably diverse taxonomic range of molluscs: bivalves (clams, mussels, and oysters), gastropods (snails and slugs), cephalopods (nautiluses), polyplacophorans (chitons), and scaphopods (tusk shells). While extremely broad in geographical and ecological scope, the collection is best known for its Pacific focus.

Learn more about the research that is done in the Burke malacology collections.

a volunteer opens a drawer to the malacology collection and writes a label

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Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum