Collection Data

Page Contents: Section | Significance | Background | Location & Dates | Taxonomic Contents | Documentation | Description of Collection | Collection Inventory | Collection Assets | Specimen Condition | Container Condition | Label Condition | Label Content | Level of Taxonomic Identification

Oregon State University, Andrew Carey 1961-1965

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

This is a unique and valuable deepsea marine invertebrate collection from Oregon State University collected by Prof. Andrew Carey. This collection contains echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, and polychaetes from (1) NE Pacific bathyal and abyssal trawls, (2) Chucki Sea and Beaufort Sea continental shelf trawls, and (3) unsorted abysal epibenthic sled and Arctic Smith-McIntrye Grab samples.

Background (Top)

The collection was brought to NHMLAC by curator Gordon Hendler in May 1999. Upon the collections arrival at the NHMLAC, material identified to major taxonomic group (crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, and polychaetes) was sent to respective NHMLAC invertebrate departments. It appears fish were sent to NHMLAC Ichthyology.

The list of publications resulting from these collections are extensive, and they are summarized separately (see images).

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

This material collected between 1961 and 1995 was divided among the California Academy of Sciences, the Santa Barbara Museum, and the NHMLAC. Comprehensive lists of abbreviations used to identify collection methods and gear, station designations and cruises accompany this collection.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

Taxonomic emphasis of the material received by NHMLAC is on echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, and polychaetes.

Documentation (Top)

A comprehensive file containing supporting documentation pertaining to this collection is in Gordon Hendler's office. A portion of this material has been duplicated and is maintained by the Marine Biodiversity Processing Center.

Description of Collection (Top)

The material transferred to NHMLAC consisted of approximately 75 boxes containing jars and 35 buckets field fixed in buffered formalin and now preserved in 70% ethanol. It is unknown how many lots of this material were sent to individual invertebrate departments upon its arrival at NHMLAC, and at present it is unclear if this collection was accessioned as a single collection upon its arrival or if some of this material was dispersed and remains unaccessioned by the NMHLAC registar.

An additional 50, 5-gallon buckets of unsorted material (700-2800 m depth) was not taken by NMHLAC, but was acquired by Don Cadien (Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Marine Biology Laboratory). Don has sorted 4 of these buckets and this material is located in his personal non-climate controlled storage facility. This material may be available to NMHLAC in the future.

Collection Inventory (Top)

Twenty-six 5-gallon plastic buckets of unsorted material were taken by benthic trawl. These specimens have been sorted to phyla into 390 lots, shelved, and are now located in the Polychaete Collection Range. Taxa represented in this collection include mollusks (50 lots), echinoderms (150 lots), crustaceans (85 lots), polychaetes (28 lots), cnidarians (42 lots), ascidians (10 lots), nematodes and plathyhelminths (1 lot each), ectoprocts (9 lots), algae (7 lots), brachiopods (4 lots), and pycnogonids (3 lots).

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
11/15/2001 View [17.9 kB] Unprocessed buckets.
11/15/2001 View [18.5 kB] Urchin tests in bucket before alcohol change.
11/15/2001 View [19.6 kB] Molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderms.
11/15/2001 View [21.0 kB] Deep water crab.
11/15/2001 View [19.4 kB] Urchin tests and fish.
09/04/2001 View [18.1 kB] Alcohol concentration assessment.
09/04/2001 View [156.9 kB] References based on collections.

Specimen Condition (Top)

Date 4: New alcohol needed immediately (specimens will otherwise be irreparably damaged) 3: Containers need to be 'topped off' 2: New alcohol needed within next 6-12 months 1: No curation needed at present
10/19/2001 0% 0% 0% 100%
Alcohol has been replaced in all buckets.
08/29/2001 100% 0% 0% 0%
In a preliminary assessment of alcohol concentration (i.e., subsampling 7 out of 25 buckets, the average alcohol concentration was found to be 50% with some buckets as low as 24%. Immediate alcohol replacement of entire collection is recommended. Some buckets are only half or 3/4 filled (evaporation?).

Container Condition (Top)

Date 4: Immediate short-term (less than 5 years) storage container replacement needed. Present containers are inadequate. Curate in the short-term with plastic buckets, whirltop bags, or similar. 3: Specimens contained in museum-grade long-term (greater than 5 years) storage containers. Jars need new closures (e.g. replace Bakelite and metal lids). 2: Transfer to museum-grade long-term storage containers. Replace or transfer to new jars and glass vials, replace cotton and closures. 1: Containers are museum-grade and meet highest curation standards.
11/04/2002 0% 0% 0% 100%
12/21/2001 80% 0% 0% 20%
08/29/2001 100% 0% 0% 0%

Label Condition (Top)

Date 4: New labels needed immediately (original labels in poor condition, paper torn/worn, legibility poor). 3: New labels needed within next 1-2 years (original labels beginning to wear, pencil writing fading, low quality paper was used). 2: New labels needed are as a result of curation and accretion of collection. 1: No new labels needed at present.
01/04/2003 0% 0% 0% 100%
11/04/2002 0% 0% 8% 92%
10/11/2001 0% 0% 100% 0%
Field data from hardcopy files is being databased, verified, and compiled with label data. Preparation of new labels is underway for lots contained in 5 gal. buckets.
08/29/2001 0% 100% 0% 0%
Buckets are labeled with variable completeness, and generally appear to have only minimal collection data. Label paper appears to be in reasonable condition, however the writing is fading.

Label Content (Top)

Date 2: New label or additional label needed because original label data is incomplete and supporting documentation provides additional collection data which greately enhances significance and value of each lot. 1: Label content complete. All collection data are contained on label.
01/04/2002 0% 100%
08/29/2001 100% 0%
Labels may or may not be included in the buckets containing the specimens. However, no labels were seen in a preliminary assessment. Therefore label content was not assessed, but is presumed to be needed.

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
12/12/2003 0% 90% 0% 9% 1% 0% 0%
08/25/2003 1% 89% 0% 9% 1% 0% 0%
11/04/2002 8% 85% 0% 6% 1% 0% 0%
01/04/2002 30% 65% 0% 4% 1% 0% 0%
08/29/2001 50% 50% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Writing on the outside of the buckets indicate that fish may have been previously removed. Some buckets are identified as "crustaceans," "echinoderms," etc. The contents appear to be primarily as identified/labelled with a few other taxa sometimes mixed among the contents.