Natural Science

The Natural Science Division of the Maine State Museum serves as an important regional repository for researchers from Maine and northern New England. The museum's geological collection dates from the 1830's when systematic collecting was first undertaken in the region and is especially strong in minerals from the historic pegmatite district of western Maine. The biological holdings were significantly expanded in 2004 with the incorporation of the University of Maine Department of Ecology's comprehensive statewide and regional collections of birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and vascular plants. Other important recent acquisitions include the 2006 transfer of the Maine Geological Survey collections.

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Staff

For information about borrowing specimens from the natural science collections, please review the museum's outgoing loan policy and procedures and then contact Curator of Geology David Work, david.work@maine.gov or 207-287-6635; or Curator of Zoology Paula Work, paula.work@maine.gov or 207-287-8109.

Staff Web Pages

Dr. David M. Work, Chief Scientist & Curator of Geology
Dr. Paula T. Work, Registrar & Curator of Zoology