The lab is interested in tapping in the significant knowledge of natural history collections. At the moment we are collaborating with the Lab of Animal Communication at Ewha Woman’s University to catalogue the herpetological collections of the Natural History Museum, describe noteworthy specimen (e.g. dicephalic individuals, specimen collected before the species description, or evidence of limbs malformations in old specimens), and investigate the impact of climate change.

The museum has one of the oldest natural history collections in South Korea, with some herpetology specimens dating back to 1950s. You can follow the project on Research Gate.

We have now published a catalogue of the collection, so that anyone with an interest can consult it and science can benefit from the data! Next step: measuring all individuals!

Shin Y., Jang Y.,  Allain S. J. R. & Borzée A. (2020). Catalogue of herpetological specimens of the Ewha Womans University Natural History Museum (EWNHM), Republic of Korea. ZooKeys. 965: 103–139. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.965.52976.

Gloydius dicephalism note figure
Example of dicephalic Gloydius saxatilis.