In Louisiana, a threatened natural history collection gets a reprieve
Thomas Sasek/University of Louisiana at Monroe

Thomas Sasek/University of Louisiana at Monroe

A Louisiana university’s collection of millions of fish and plant specimens no longer faces imminent destruction, but its ultimate resting place is still uncertain.

Last week, a Facebook post from the natural history museum at the University of Louisiana in Monroe set off alarm bells within the science community. The museum faced “dark times,” the post noted, because university administrators had indicated that if staff couldn’t find an alternate location for the collection within 48 hours, it would need to be given away to a new institution—all to make room for a new running track and associated field. And if the collection wasn’t removed from campus by the end of July, it would be “destroyed.” | Read more ...

Rachael Lallensack