Multiple collections within the Natural Sciences Collection of National Museums Scotland could potentially be of use for ocean acidification research. They can be grouped into:
A variety of marine invertebrates, including:
Up to 1 million marine invertebrate specimens, including approximately 130,000 mollusc lots.
Get a brief summary of National Museums Scotland collections from the 1840s Rattlesnake expedition and the Scotia expedition that took place in the early 1900s.
National Museums Scotland has nine recent survey collections that could be useful for ocean acidification research. Find out more.
Specimens from individual collectors are generally less suited to non-systematic investigations than those in the survey collections. However the Richie and Stephens Collection of hydroids, echiurids and sipunculids, and the Bruce Foraminifera Collection, are worthy of a special mention.
British specimens are ordered systematically by Biocode, following the Species Directory of the Marine Fauna and Flora. This is available on request from the curators.
Information on National Museums Scotland’s destructive sampling policy is available from the appropriate curator.
A published inventory of the biological samples and data undertaken on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage is available as a PDF document from the curators at the National Museum of Scotland:
An Inventory of Sample Material and Unpublished Data Relating to Marine Biology in Scotland by Susan Chambers, Louise Allcock and Sankurie Pye (March 1999)
The inventory covers all British institutions that hold specimens or relevant data, including: