Brief History of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

S. J. Harrison

in Brief History of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, with a List of Type Specimens of Recent Amphibians and Reptiles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520238183
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930001 | DOI:
Brief History of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

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The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) is a prominent center of herpetological research in the United States. It is located on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The Department of Zoology was officially established in 1887, and in 1891, William E. Ritter joined Joseph Le Conte and became the first formal Instructor in Zoology. The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology was established in 1908 by the Regents of the University and President Benjamin Ide Wheeler. The force behind the establishment of the MVZ was a remarkable young naturalist, Annie M. Alexander, who invented the museum and personally selected its first director, Joseph Grinnell. Alexander personally paid the salaries and expenses of the MVZ and the university provided housing and maintenance of its location. The plan Grinnel and Alexander devised for the museum focused on mammals, birds, and reptiles of the West Coast.

Keywords: Berkeley; Vertebrate Zoology; Wheeler; Alexander; West Coast

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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