By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - The National Science Foundation has awarded a $422,000 grant to Oklahoma State University’s Department of Integrative Biology to update facilities that house its fish, amphibian and reptile specimens.

In 2010, the department updated facilities housing mammal specimens in the department’s Collection of Vertebrates. Over the next two years, Dr. Karen McBee, an OSU integrative biology professor and curator of vertebrates, will oversee the additional renovations.

The department’s budget allows for basic day-to-day maintenance of the vertebrates collection. But the recent grants have provided the first large influx of money to allow more extensive maintenance and renovations.

With more than 600,000 species, many of OSU’s Collection of Vertebrates specimens are loaned for research worldwide. The new facilities will preserve and maintain the entire collection and some of its more unique specimens.

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