The emphasis of the collection is on Iowa species, with North America specimens of secondary importance. International species are part of the collection for comparative purposes. Taxidermy specimens and scientific study materials make up the bulk of the collection in the following areas:

  • Entomology (insects)
  • Herpetology (reptiles and amphibians)
  • Ichthyology (fish)
  • Malacology (shellfish)
  • Mammology (mammals)
  • Ornithology (birds)