DNA Sampling 

Research that utilizes genetic markers to distinguish species and access population structures among and between endangered or commercially important plants and animals is becoming more common. For instance these techniques have proved to be useful in fisheries management to identify breeding populations of fish, select desirable brood stock, assess purity of hatchery stock, determine genetic diversity within populations (and infer population size or viability) and assess species level genetic biodiversity.

How we can help

As DNA analyses become more widely used in systematic research, there are growing demands for access to our natural history collections. We encourage this use of the collections by the international, non-profit, research community, but the destructive nature of biochemical analyses demands a particularly careful review of applications. 

How to apply for tissue samples

Applications for tissue samples proceed with the following steps:

  1. Put together the list of specimens you would like to request samples for.
    • Contact the Collection Manager or Curator responsible for the group of organisms you wish to sample and obtain a complete list of specimens held.
      Directory of our collections and research staff
      Online enquiry form
    • Determine which specimens you wish to sample from those available in that complete list.
    • You will receive an Application and Agreement Form from us.
  2. Send the completed form, including the list of specimens, by email, or regular mail to the relevant Collection Manager/Curator.
    Graduate students: Please submit a letter co-signed by your advisor, who will assume responsibility for use of the samples.
    Email contact: Please use our online enquiry form
    Mail contact:
    [relevant Collection Manager/Curator]
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
    PO Box 467
    Wellington
    New Zealand
  3. You will be notified by email and in writing whether the application has been approved or declined.