Overview: Zoology Department
The Department is divided into four divisions: Invertebrates, Entomology, Herpetology, and Birds and Mammals. Currently, the Department comprises nine researchers, three technicians and one contract technician for a total of thirteen staff. In the next two years, there are plans to recruit two doctoral researchers. One will specialize in invertebrates and the second in mammals or birds. At present, the primary task of the Department is the research and collection of specimens from Taiwan and East Asia. For the time being, the Department includes approximately 530,000 animal specimens covering a wide range of species and accounting for two thirds of the Museum’s entire collection. The quality of these animal specimens is among the best in Taiwan.
With a limited number of researchers of its own, the Department works in close cooperation with other museums. Through subsidies awarded by the National Science Council, domestic and foreign specialists are invited for short-term research projects in order to utilize and preserve these precious specimens. We also welcome local and international zoologists from various research institutes to exchange ideas and collaborate with the Museum.
Left: Fish collecting in Inner Mongolia, China
Right: The Ocean Researcher Vessel No.1 of the National Science Council
Source: Biennial Report of the National Museum of Natural Science (2005-2006)