The John J. Brander and Christine E. Rundblad Research Fellowship Program at the Milwaukee Public Museum seeks to stimulate fundamental research by scientists doing research on Wisconsin biodiversity or environmental issues, especially those that utilize and strengthen the natural science collections at MPM.
MPM is the state’s oldest and largest natural history museum with over 4 million objects in its biology, geology, and cultural collections. It was established in 1882, but the collections date to the mid-1800s when its precursor, the Natural History Society, was established. As a result, the specimens and their associated data shape our knowledge of the past 170 years of the natural landscape in Wisconsin and the changes that have occurred through time. For more information on the collection resources, see Research and Collections.