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Event: SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, October 17, 2023


Program: 3-D Bird Imaging Project, by Russell Campbell.

The digitization of specimen data has become completely integral to the field of museum science. It allows museums to maintain the longevity and accuracy of information tied to specimens and it provides researchers with instant access to data from collections across the globe. Thanks to recent developments in 3D modeling techniques, it is now possible to digitize the specimens themselves, further improving access to natural history collections. Throughout my career in zoological research, I’ve been involved with projects that aim to use and produce digital 3D specimens for the analysis of their morphological characteristics. Currently, I’m leading the oBird project at the Moore Lab of Zoology. The oBird project is an effort to digitize bird specimens and the exterior morphological data they possess. Using a technique called photogrammetry we combine hundreds of photos of specimens to create 3D digital models that we will share on open access data repositories. We have two main objectives with oBird, to model a wide array of genera across all bird life and to model a selection of bird species in ultraviolet (UV) light to study the occurrence of UV reflectance in birds.

Bio: Russell explores his love of animals through a wide variety of lab and field experiences, participating in projects focused on ichthyology, herpetology, mammalogy, and ornithology. During his free time he prefers to be outside searching for wildlife with friends and practicing his photography. After graduating from Oregon State University, Russell joined the Moore Lab oBird project under a NSF REPS grant where he contributes to the increased accessibility of museum specimens.