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Natural Science Research Laboratory

Updated Covid-19 Statement - The Museum of Texas Tech University continues to remain closed to the public due to University Covid-19 precautions  (See https://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/events/covid.php). However, the NSRL is able to process loans and information requests on a limited basis. We are NOT open for visiting researchers or unapproved students at this time. Please check back for further updates.

Until further notice, please DO NOT ship any returned loans or packages to the NSRL.  We will announce when shipments may resume at a later date. Thank you for understanding.


Bat from the NSRL Mammal CollectionVoucher Birds from the NSRL Bird CollectionA try of butterflies and mothsInside a Liquid Nitrogen FreezerPicture Showing Standard Collecting SuppliesPacking a Loan

The Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) is a division of the Museum of Texas Tech University committed to the mission of building and preserving a library of our planet's natural heritage for education and research purposes. The NSRL has been recognized as a leader in the development and use of innovative methodologies for biological collections care and data management.


June 2020 Texas Tech Today article, Researchers Say Genetics May Determine Wound Infection and Healing, focuses on cutting edge research by a team that includes the NSRL's Curator of Genetic Resources Caleb Phillips and his doctoral student Craig Tipton. The PLOS Pathogens publication that resulted from this research can be found here.

March 2020  The TTU Department of Arts and Sciences is currently featuring an article  about Dr. Robert Bradley's former students who now work for the CDC, and the value of their training and experiences at the NSRL in preparing them for their careers. Within that article are links to additional stories on the Marburg virus, rabies, and the value of research abroad.

February 2020  Newsletter Vol. 9, Fall 2019 - Spring 2020, is now available.

December 2019  The 2016 edition of The Mammals of Texas is now available online!  Click the "Mammals of Texas online edition" menu button in the header to access the entire contents of this valuable reference.

22 October 2019  The NSRL cataloged its 150,000th mammal voucher specimen, a Euderma maculatum, and celebrated the naming of the Genetic Resources Collection after Dr. Robert J. Baker

12 October 2019  The NSRL-based exhibit, Frozen in Time: Genetic Resource Collections, will be open for public viewing through Spring 2020.  See the link for more information, and plan your visit now!

11 October 2019  A memorial volume in honor of Dr. Robert J. Baker has been published.




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