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Natural Science Research Laboratory


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 2021  The Journal of Mammalogy has recognized the recent paper by Soniat et al as its "Editor's Choice" selection in the most recent issue of the journal. The Editor's Choice article highlights the NSRL's research and the importance of natural history collections, especially genetic collections such as the Robert J. Baker Genetic Resources Collection.  The article also cites manuscripts by Bradley et al. 2020 and Phillips et al. 2019, which further signifies the NSRL as a leader in this field.  Taylor Soniat was a Master's student of Dr. Bradley.

May 2021  The NSRL's Genetic Resources Collection was featured in a recent article in The Academic Times, DNA galleries curated in liquid nitrogen preserve biological data for decades.

September 2020 Revised "Guidelines and Procedures for Authors of Occasional Papers and Special Publications" are now available.  All submitting authors should refer to these guidelines when preparing manuscripts for these series.

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.




Natural Science Research Laboratory