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

Puget Sound, University of Washington 1974-1979

Section Responsible for Processing (Top)


Significance (Top)

The intent and historical importance of this collection was to provide a quantitative baseline against which man-made disturbances (i.e., petroleum-related) or natural environmental changes could be compared.

Background (Top)

The project was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), administered by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE). The principal investigators were Drs. Carl. F. Nyblade and H. H. Webber, University of Washington. The material was housed at Friday Harbor, University of Washington before it was transferred to the NHMLAC September 1998 by Leslie Harris, NHMLAC Collections Manager, Polychaetes.

Collection Location and Dates (Top)

Samples were taken from the shorelines of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Island, and the southern Strait of Georgia. The study area extended from Cape Flattery, east to Point Wilson and north to the Canadian border.

The majority of samples were taken between 1974 and 1979 with some additional samples taken in the 1980's from intertidal to shallow subtidal depths (+2m to -10m).

Three primary habitats were sampled: (a) exposed unconsolidated sediments [mixed coarse sediments and sand], (b) protected unconsolidated sediments [mud-gravel, mud-sand, mud], and (c) rock [protected, exposed, and cobble]. There were 31 sites in all.

Taxonomic Contents (Top)

The collection consists primarily of polychaetes, crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms, but also includes: nemerteans, nematodes, oligochaetes, cnidarians, insects, poriferans, platyhelminthes, and a few algal specimens.

Documentation (Top)

The published reports and all existing data books are located in the NHMLAC Polychaete office.

Description of Collection (Top)

The collection, when transferred to NHMLAC consisted of 240, 5 gallon buckets, 33 gallon jars, 23 boxes with quart and pint jars, 6 miscellaneous boxes of jars and vials. Most of the collection was rough sorted into different phyla but organized by site and station.

The specimens were originally fixed in 10% formalin and subsequently transferred to ethanol. It appears that glycerin had been added to at least some lots. All preservative was replaced with 70% ethanol between January and September 2001.

A polychaete voucher collection consisting of approximately 275 lots and a miscellaneous taxa voucher collection consisting of approximately 100 lots is located in the Polychaete Collection Range, NHMLAC basement. A crustacean voucher collection is located in the Crustacea Collection Range, NHMLAC basement.

The remainder of the collection was consolidated into 207 buckets, occupying two pallets. Curation of the collection involved transfer of specimens from 5 gallon buckets to museum-grade glassware and storing on compactorized shelving in NHMLAC Polychaete Range.

Collection Inventory (Top)

No information available.

Collection Assets (Top)

Date Click to View Image Information
05/01/2003 View [121.5 kB] Samples processed and now on shelves.
11/15/2001 View [19.9 kB] Cork-stoppered vials in plastic bags. Visual inspection of alcohol levels.
11/15/2001 View [27.4 kB] Collection after alcohol change.
11/15/2001 View [23.9 kB] Samples now transferred to new buckets.
09/04/2001 View [92.4 kB] Example of contents contained in 5-gallon bucket.
09/04/2001 View [74.7 kB] Leslie Harris assessing collection.
09/04/2001 View [80.9 kB] Storage shed at Friday Harbor, Washington where collections were housed before transfer to NHMLAC.
09/04/2001 View [69.4 kB] Storage shed at Friday Harbor, Washington where collections were housed before transfer to NHMLAC.
09/04/2001 View [76.0 kB] Collection at Friday Harbor, Washington prior to transfer to NHMLAC.
09/04/2001 View [68.4 kB] Collection at Friday Harbor, Washington prior to transfer to NHMLAC.
09/04/2001 View [73.5 kB] Collection at Friday Harbor, Washington prior to transfer to NHMLAC.
09/04/2001 View [69.9 kB] Collection at Friday Harbor, Washington prior to transfer to NHMLAC.
09/04/2001 View [67.3 kB] Collection at Friday Harbor, Washington prior to transfer to NHMLAC.
09/04/2001 View [80.0 kB] Storage shed at Friday Harbor, Washington where collections were housed before transfer to NHMLAC.

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
01/03/2003 0% 0% 0% 100%
10/01/2001 0% 0% 100% 0%
~208 moldy and cracked buckets have been replaced with new buckets. Alcohol has been replaced, appropriate fluid levels were restored. Some specimens were changed into new containers and relabeled. Some sorted lots have been placed into appropriate jars or vials with new cotton and rewritten labels.
08/15/2001 25% 0% 75% 0%
01/01/2001 100% 0% 0% 0%

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.
08/17/2005 0% 0% 0% 100%
06/01/2005 8% 0% 0% 92%
05/01/2003 50% 0% 0% 50%
15% of the buckets are filled with gravel debris that is being rough sorted.
01/03/2003 60% 0% 0% 40%
All samples previously distributed to departments have been properly labeled.
08/15/2001 75% 22% 0% 3%
The 3% of samples that need no container replacement are the samples that have been distributed to the various invertebrate sections. These will be recalled and properly labelled by the Biodiversity Processing Center before being returned for permanent archival in respective invertebrate departments.
01/01/2001 100% 0% 0% 0%
The collection is presently contained in approximately 230, 5-gallon plastic buckets.

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.
08/17/2005 0% 0% 50% 50%
06/01/2005 0% 8% 42% 50%
05/01/2003 0% 50% 25% 25%
01/03/2003 0% 60% 25% 15%
08/15/2001 10% 65% 25% 0%
01/01/2001 20% 80% 0% 0%

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.
08/17/2005 0% 100%
05/01/2003 50% 50%
01/03/2003 60% 40%
08/15/2001 100% 0%

Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)

Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species
01/01/2001 1% 2% 0% 2% 0% 25% 70%
The sediment samples are estimated to be 1% of the total collection and thus remain unidentified.