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Focus: Fishes

Established in 1894, The Field Museum's Division of Fishes now contains more than 1,750,000 specimens, 130,000 lots, 10,000 species, 4,500 tissue samples, 3,500 skeletons, 1,400 nominal types (6,550 specimens), and 450 families. Our collections have grown out of the cumulative effort of 12 past and current curators and countless professional staff, students, and associates. This emphasis on the collection and research of freshwater and marine fishes has made The Field Museum a leader in the evolutionary biology of fishes.

Seth E. Meek (1897-1914) pioneered the study of Neotropical freshwater fishes. Loren P. Woods (1941-1978) amassed large and important collections of freshwater fishes from North America and marine fishes from the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Robert K. Johnson (1972-1986) obtained significant collections of mesopelagic fishes and shorefishes from Belize and Honduras amounting to more than 100,000 specimens. Donald J. Stewart (1978-1985), Barry Chernoff (1987-2002), and later Assistant Collection Manager Phil Willink (2002-2010) rejuvenated our early Neotropical freshwater research and collection emphasis by conducting numerous expeditions to Ecuador, Peru, Surinam, and Venezuela. Since his arrival, Mark Westneat (1991-2013) has expanded our marine collections, focusing on Indo-Pacific coral reef fishes. Leo Smith (2007-2013) strengthened our midwater and deep-sea collections from both sides of the north Pacific Ocean.

 

Current Staff, Students, Volunteers, and Researchers in Fishes:

Caleb McMahan, Collections Manager 312-665-7994
Kevin Swagel, Assistant Collections Manager 312-665-7736
Susan Mochel, Collections Assistant 312-665-7531
Graduate Students:  
Yashesvini Lanka (Univ. Chicago) Justin Lemberg (Univ. Chicago)
Meg Malone (Univ. IL Chicago) Joanna Mandecki (Univ. Chicago)
Charlene McCord (Univ. Chicago) Aaron Olsen (Univ. Chicago)
Marianne Seneczko (Univ. Chicago) Tim Sosa (Univ. Chicago)
Tom Stewart (Univ. Chicago)  
Volunteers Extraordinaire:  
Matt Girard Jeff Hoswell
Terri Sinnott  
Research Associates:  
Michael Alfaro Barry Chernoff
Brian Dyer Melina Hale
Luisa Mercelino-Backman Callum Ross
Michael LaBarbera Justin Grubich
Jennifer Fessler Salazar Leo Smith
Mark Westneat Edward Wiley
Field Associates:  Antonio Machado-Allison, Jamie Thomerson Associate:  Clara Richardson

 

Focus: Fishes Collections

Cleared and Stained Fishes Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged cleared and stained specimens.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged specimens.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.  

Fishes Collection Localities

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes recorded collection localities.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Dried Skeleton Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged dried skeletal specimens.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Image Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes records that have specimen images.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.

Fishes Type Collection

This search allows you to explore all of Field Museum's Division of Fishes cataloged type specimens.  With more than 1.7 million cataloged and uncataloged specimens in approximately 130,000 lots, our worldwide collections receive heavy use by US and international visitors and borrowers.   If you are through searching this database, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests.