Museum of Southwestern Biology
Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Museum of Southwestern Biology is a research and teaching facility in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico.

open weekdays 8am - 5pm
visitors welcome by appointment
information for visitors

phone: (505) 277-1360
fax: (505) 277-1351
museum administrator


Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

University of New Mexico
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131

Past News

Museum business continues safely, behind the scenes

June 2, 2020 

The Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) remains closed to outside visitors, but research and curation activities continue. Staff and faculty of the MSB are working within policies set by UNM and the State of New Mexico to continue their important work documenting biodiversity, conducting research, and curating collections.

Hard-working collection managers are making sure that our facilities and collections are secured, while maintaining physical distancing, and wearing masks. All occupants of the CERIA Building, where MSB is housed, are following strict standard operating procedures to maintain low density in shared spaces, and maximize hygiene in order to reduce the chances that any transmission of SARS-CoV-2 will occur.

Meanwhile, staff, curators, students, volunteers, and research associates are working from home as much as possible on digital data curation, data analyses, scientific manuscripts, and major federal grant proposals. Some New Mexico based field-work is proceeding, while following all appropriate Covid-19 safety guidelines.

We can't wait to have our students back in the facilities, but the return of UNM students to campus research and museum facilities will take some time and careful planning.

Many exciting publications by our personnel or based on our collections are coming out. Check out the latest ones here:

Latest MSB Division of Mammals Publications

Latest MSB Division of Birds Publications  

Latest MSB Division of Amphibians & Reptiles Publications  

Latest MSB Division of Fishes Publications
March 23, 2020


Museum is closed to outside visitors during Covid19 pandemic

 The Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) will be locked and closed to outside visitors during the Covid19 outbreak. Selected staff and faculty are working behind the scenes to make sure that our collections and facilities are secured, while maintaining physical distancing practices. MSB personnel — including staff, curators, students, volunteers, and research associates — are continuing to work from home on data management, data analyses, scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, and other aspects of research that can be done from afar. Students will be required to stay out of the MSB’s collections and lab spaces unless they are granted a special waiver from UNM for essential activities.

 For information from UNM about current policies, check this webpage:

February 25, 2020

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An Open Collection Event

Coming March 8, 2020

The Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) is inviting the public to view its natural history collections on Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 12-5 PM. The museum is located in the CERIA Building on UNM’s Main Campus.

This is only the second time that the collections will be opened for visitors, allowing the UNM and Albuquerque communities to glimpse the discoveries and student training that are occurring behind the scenes.

This event will exhibit a wide variety of historic and modern specimens, many of which are irreplaceable and provide unique information about wild populations and natural environments. UNM students, faculty, and staff will be on hand to show off their favorite specimens, explain their research, and answer questions. 


Press Release
Albuquerque Journal Article


December 4, 2019

October 2019 Cyro Tank Delivery Crane lifting cyro tankDGR Cyro tank delivery Mike Andersen

Division of Genomic Resources receives two new nitrogen tanks

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Drawing Sessions: Tracing Disappearences: Drawing Imperiled Species

October 25, 2019

laura carlson, Study for Lotic Possibilities 3
Quadrula Couchiana 2019, Pencil on Paper, 12x12"








Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:30pm – Wednesday, November 6 8:30

Wednesdays, October 23, 30 & November 6, 5:30-8:30 pm
at Museum of Southwestern Biology
CERIA building, UNM

Session I: Birds & Mammals
Session II: Plants & Insects
Session III: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians

Fee: 3 sessions: $50 / 1 session: $25
(10% discount for Harwood & 516 ARTS members)

Register online HERE.

The Rio Grande region is rich in biodiversity, yet its ecosystems, plants, and animals have been put in peril by human intervention and climate change. Join us for three drawing sessions in the Museum of Southwestern Biology at UNM to draw diverse specimens from the museum’s vast research collection. Learn about the biology of the region by observing taxidermy of birds and mammals, dry mounted plants and insects, reptiles, and amphibians. The Museum of Southwestern Biology has world-class collections, has the 2nd largest mammal collection in the world, and the largest collections in the region for fishes, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and plants. The astounding diversity of form and function seldom tapped resource for artistic inspiration and learning each session, there is a short tour of the division’s collection guided by a monitor, followed by time to draw from a selection of specimens.



The University of New Mexico is hiring two faculty-curators

22 July 2019

Job description for Natural History, Data Manager

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