Ornitholgoical Exploration and Museum Collections
I have had the fortune to work with people from a number of museums. Check out a few of these collections where I have contributed specimens:
Louisiana State University, Museum of Natural History
Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico
University of Montana, Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum
Field Museum of Natural History
University of Wyoming, Museum of Vertebrates
UNAM Museo de Zoologica
Centro de Ornitologia y Biodiversidad
Natural history collections provide a rich resource for scientific discovery and research in ecology, evolution, and conservation. The specimens housed within collections span multiple centuries and the entire globe allowing for detailed study of variation in natural populations through space and time.
I began working in collections as an undergraduate at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science and I continued my involvement in building and curating collections during my graduate studies at the University of New Mexico, Museum of Southwestern Biology and now the University of Montana. Many aspects of my research depend on the use of museum specimens, such as measuring spatial variation in morphology and sequencing tissues associated with voucher specimens.
To contribute to these collections I have participated in eleven general collecting expeditions on four continents and I have prepared nearly 2000 specimens that include associated tissues and a range of ancillary data.
Benham, P. M. et al. 2011. Endangered Species Research 13: 145-157. PDF
Sanchez, C., J. Saucier, P.M. Benham, et al. 2012. El boletín de la Unión de Ornitólogos del Perú, 7: 18-36. PDF
Gibbons, R.E., P.M. Benham & J. M Maley. 2011 Ornitología Colombiana,11: 76-86. PDF