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Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Hesiocaeca methanicola

An image of Hesiocaeca methanicola, a marine worm that inhabits methane ice deposits on the sea floor

Sunset on the sea

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management – Environmental Studies Program (BOEM-ESP) has been conducting intensive environmental studies on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for more than 35 years to support information needs for managing oil and gas development on the continental shelf and slope. As a BOEM-requested expansion project, OCS marine organism genomic tissue samples will be acquired, cataloged, barcoded, and curated into the Smithsonian Institution's Biorepository.

In order to address the dynamic nature of collection/preservation methods, this page will migrate into GitHub so collaborators may offer updates to the protocols.

Gap Analysis:

These downloadable Excel files provide a list of target genera that are a priority for genetic barcoding

Collection Templates:

The downloadable Excel file is the template staff use to ingest field data into our collections management software


This PDF contains the protocols IZ staff use to process specimens from the field to storage

BOEM Highlights:

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