The MUSSEL Project is the brainchild of Dan Graf and Kevin Cummings and is your one stop shop for all things freshwater mussel systematics. The MUSSEL Project is an easily accessible exhaustive database of all the freshwater mussel genera and species described to date and houses over 35,000 digitized museum lots from the worlds most important freshwater mussel collections. This database serves the freshwater malacological community and its stakeholders as guide to help curious minds navigate the muddy waters of freshwater mussel nomenclature, systematics, distribution, and evolution.
I am proud to have been a part of some of the ongoings of MUSSEL project for the past +8 years and am excited to help manage the specimens portal of this resource. This entails assisting with the digitization of freshwater mussel collections worldwide and QAQC of the associated metadata and taxonomic identifications.
With the intentions of more completely understanding freshwater mussel diversity and distribution (and disseminating that information) we are always interested in expanding the specimens portal. This is where you come in. Do you have photographs of catalogued specimens that you wish to share with the rest of the malacological community? We can serve them up on the database and increase the visibility of your hard work. Would you like to see the identification of particular specimens changed? We can easily incorporate your taxonomic expertise into the database. If you are interested in contributing to the MUSSEL project and "Making the world a better place, one mollusk at a time" please send me an email to the address listed below.