David Hilton Snyder, Ph.D., began the museum of zoology at Austin Peay State College in 1962 soon after joining the faculty. Starting as a teaching collection with only a few hundred animals, today it houses over 50,000 vertebrate specimens. The successful growth of the museum’s holdings is the result of enthusiastic student collectors working thousands of hours under the mentorship of Dr. Snyder, a Principal Investigator in the Center of Excellence for Field Biology from 1986 through 1993. Without a doubt, David Snyder’s interest and dedication to teaching and research through the years finds its home and legacy here in the Museum of Zoology, Austin Peay State University.
Overview of Breadth of DSMZ Collections:
• 50,591 specimens and photographic vouchers of vertebrates
• largest collection of amphibians and reptiles in Tennessee
• amphibian and reptile vouchers from 356 counties and 34 states (primarily TN, KY, MS, AR)
• fish collections span 50 counties, 6 states with a concentration in TN and KY (two of the most diverse states for North American freshwater fishes)
• regionally significant collections of birds and mammals, representing approximately 1,500 specimens
During 2015-2016, the DSMZ will be undergoing a complete renovation and modernization. Details can be found here.