Thank you for your interest in our students, faculty and staff. Gifts to the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections support our activities including field expeditions, biodiversity research, and student training. General gifts will be used to support students, collections management and research including systematics of vertebrate groups, biodiversity and biogeography, evolutionary ecology, and conservation sciences. The Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections surrently has two established funds managed by the Texas A&M Foundation.

To give to the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections, which generates funding support for our collections and activities benefiting our overall mission: Click here.

To give in support of the Texas Ornithological Research Fund, which was established to develop sufficient resources to allow us to continue to build the Collection of Birds at the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections to benefit the public, State and University aspects of our mission: Click here.

In addition, you may choose to designate your gift to one of the following priority area as identified by the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections. Each of these areas will help us continue our mission of Research and Teaching.  For more information about the levels of funding necessary to support naming opportunities, please contact us.

Graduate Student Fellowship


Graduate student Sarah Welborn and students in the field setting mammal traps.

Academic award for outstanding graduate students studying at the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections. During their career, graduate students receive training that includes advanced field techniques, research methods, and museum science. Supplemental funding increases opportunities for travel to field sites, to present research findings at scientific meetings, and to conduct supplementary research projects.

Foreign Expedition Fund


Dr. Gary Voelker (second from left) and undergraduate student Jerry Huntley (far right) and trip guides in the field in Benin, Africa.

Support for expeditions led by curators to foreign countries of interest to our researchers. Expeditions occur only with approval from each country, and assists those countries in documenting their biodiversity and creating conservation plans for native species. Funding for expeditions also increases the opportunities to engage undergraduate and graduate students in experiences abroad while learning valuable research and career skills.


Light and Gorilla

Dr. Jessica Light at the Natural History Museum of London searching for lice on a gorilla specimen.

An award for active curators that will support their research program. Each curator has their own area of research interest. Supplemental funding increases opportunities for curators to continue their line of research while providing top notch care and curation for specimens in their respective collection.

Collection Endowment

An award to a specific collection (Amphibians/Reptiles, Birds, Fishes, Mammals, or Marine Invertebrates) that will provide sustained annual budget to support research within the division.




Other ways to support the BRTC

For more information about giving, contact:
Heather Prestridge
2258 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-2258
(979) 845-5783

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