Erika is responsible for the acquisition of specimens for the Mineral, Gem, Occurrence and Rock Collections. Adding new specimens to the mineral collection is different from adding to the other collections in the museum. Purchases and donations are the primary mode of acquisition, with some specimens collected from the field and others acquired through exchanges with collectors and dealers. Purchases are made from mineral dealers or private collectors, usually at mineral shows like the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Donations come from members of the public or from external scientists. The upcoming purchase (2018) of the Gilles Haineault Mont Saint-Hilaire Collection, which includes rare and important minerals, will add thousands of new Canadian specimens for the collection that will be used for important research and new exhibitions.

Principal investigator: Erika Anderson.