The University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology is a dynamic research institute that draws on a rich archive of more than two million fossil specimens in order to illuminate major ecological, environmental, and evolutionary changes to the biosphere over geological time. Michigan’s paleontology program is routinely ranked among the best in the nation on the strength of its faculty curators, students and globally significant collection. Contributions to the Museum of Paleontology Fund provide flexible support for the museum that help it to conduct its innovative collections-based studies, train and inspire students, and conserve fossil specimens for future generations of researchers.
What do gifts do
Support to the Museum of Paleontology Fund goes to initiatives that help the unit’s unique role in collections-based research and instruction, including:
- the acquisition and maintenance of specialized equipment and supplies for the preparation, conservation, and study of fossil specimens
- the production of copies of fossils (casts) that enrich student learning experiences and can be exchanged with other institutions to enhance the Museum’s collections
- the training of graduate and undergraduate students in collections-based research
- the pursuit of new and field-based paleontological collecting that supports faculty and student research and training
Donations from alumni, parents, and friends are necessary for the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology to continue its mission of exploring the history of life over geological time. Your support allows us to continue the long tradition of groundbreaking studies that makes the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology an internationally important nexus for understanding links between life and the planet in the past—and possibly in the future.