From Antarctica to the shores of North Carolina

Although often hidden from our everyday views, the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world are home to over 33,000 species of fish. This amazing diversity is the result of fishes finding ways to evolve and adapt to virtually all aquatic habitats. Alex Dornburg (Curator) and Gabriela Hogue (Collections Manager) conduct research on fishes from around the globe in an effort to better understand how fishes have evolved to survive, and thrive, in habitats that span the seas of Antarctica to the waterways of North Carolina. Alex and Gabriela’s research involves integrating analyses of DNA sequence data with other types of data, in particular morphological data collected extensively from specimens housed in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Fishes collection.

For additional information about ichthyology research at the Museum, check out North Carolina Fishes.


Since 1879, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has documented the biodiversity of the southeastern U.S. and beyond. This incredible record of the region’s natural history has powerful applications for research, conservation, and education. However, much of this potential remains hidden away in historic written records.

Join us! Become a Citizen Science Curator and unlock these hidden treasures. As you transform written records into a digital format you will make this valuable information available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Visit the CitSciScribe website and get started today!