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Faculty Curator Robert M. Zink is an avian evolutionary/museum biologist who is interested in speciation, species concepts, and phylogeography. Recently, his work has emphasized conservation and wildlife genetics, with current studies on CWD in deer, wild turkey and ring-necked pheasants. He earned a B.S. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley, did a postdoctoral stint at the American Museum of Natural History, served on the faculty at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), and was the Breckenridge Chair in Ornithology from 1993 to 2015 at the University of Minnesota. He joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 as Curator of Zoology and Professor in the School of Natural Resources and School of Biological Sciences.

Phone: (612) 590-4215
Email: rzink2@unl.edu

Collections Manager Thomas Labedz splits his time with the Division of Botany and is readily contacted via email, with afternoons his most common time present in Zoology. He has been professionally associated with Zoology for nearly 35 years, and has been doing field work and museum collecting for near 45 years with special interest in birds. He also has keen knowledge of Nebraska mammals. Past projects include monitoring endangered species, winter populations of grassland birds, bird mortality at windows, archaeological bird bone identification, conservation of 19th century specimens, and issues related to professional collections care. He has ongoing association with the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, the Smithsonian's Bird Division, History Nebraska, and the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. His education includes an undergraduate degree from what is now University of Nebraska at Kearney and masters from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

Phone: (402) 472-8366
Email: tlabedz1@unl.edu