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The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Turns 100


Narrator: This is Science Today. The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, has one of the nation's largest research collections of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Raurie Bowie, an ornithologist at the museum, says it's also celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Bowie: It was founded in 1908 by a woman called Annie Alexander and she, through negotiations with the university, was able to appoint the first director, which was Joseph Grinnell. And they started a systematic study of surveying the vertebrate diversity of California and one of the really major projects we have on the go at the moment is going back to these sites that Grinnell visited between 1908 and the 1950s and trying to see what has changed? What animals are still present there? What animals are not present? How does that interact with climate change? I think in the coming years there will be some very exciting results coming out of that.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.