Honors Projects


The donated Bippus collection, comprised of over 15,000 specimens of gastropods and mollusks, has mostly gone unnoticed and untouched since its donation. These collections are known as ‘orphan collections’ which escape notice and are forgotten. However, this is not the only instance in which collections are kept out of sight. Museums, whether specializing in art or natural history, display only a small portion of their entire collection at once. The majority of collections found in museums are kept out of sight from the public for various reasons. Instead of keeping the Bippus collection out of reach for both the public and scientific community, the following Honors project will bring the collection to light. The aim of the project is twofold: to first will grant professional organizations, such as the American Malacological Society, to view the specimens photographed to aid in research (American Malacological Society). The second is to allow amateur shell clubs and organizations to have access to a valuable resource.


Biological Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Partin

First Advisor Department

Biological Sciences

Second Advisor

Dr. Leatherbury

Second Advisor Department

School of Art

Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2016