Destructive Sampling Policy
Destructive sample loans are considered,
and may include skin samples taken from
preserved scientific skins as well as subsamples
of tissue specimens.
Such requests should include all the information
detailed for standard specimen loans and must
also include the researcher's experience working
with avian tissues. Additional information should
include a detailed summary of other sources
of avian tissue that were considered or used
by the requestor and a justification of the
material requested from the MCZ. Evidence of
support of museum activities such as contribution
of modern material from the field to natural
history museums should also be included.
The following rules must also be followed
in all cases:
- Grantees must return unused tissues
to the MCZ Ornithology Department.
- Grantees are requested to return a
portion of the extract derived from
granted samples (e.g., DNA). This is
intended to maximize use of the tissue loan
and increase availability of information to
the research community. Extracts or original
tissue cannot be distributed to other researchers
without MCZ permission.
- Grantees must acknowledge the “Ornithology
Department, Museum of Comparative
Zoology” in all publications that
use data generated from MCZ samples. Publications
should include a table that lists voucher
numbers of all samples used.
- Grantees must send a reprint of any
publications benefiting from any MCZ
Ornithology tissue grant. It would
be helpful if the grantee emailed the publication
citation to the Curatorial Associate, Jeremiah