Visiting the National Institute of Biological Resources


National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR) is an institute located in Incheon, South Korea, housing a great number of natural resources collections, working towards conservation of all animal and plant species of South Korea, and many other projects. This was my second visit since the summer 2015, with small collections for donation. Dr. Taewoo Kim, once again welcomed me with couple of other researchers at his department NIBR.

Dr. Taewoo Kim told me as he got a meeting, I will have to go to his office at Department of Animal Resources, and wait for him. (Last time, he picked me up at the first floor of Research and Management Building)

As I was an outsider to this institute, I had to wear this visitor’s pass. Two other researchers (Dr. Hong-Yul Seo and Dr. Tae Hwa Kang) welcomed me in, and Dr. Kang showed me around the collection room once again.

Their cabinets were interesting, as they have to steer(?) each handle to move around the entire row of cabinets and access the drawers. I think the purpose is to save space.

He also showed me how my last donations are taken cared. Dr. Kang said all these specimens used to be sorted with Korean specimens in taxonomic order, but then as these non-Korean species and specimens are not being updated with additional collections, they decided to have them sorted in separate cabinet.

Last time, I visited on Monday, which is a holiday for Exhibit & Education Building, so I did not get a chance to look around, but this time, Dr. Kang showed me around entire place and explained lots of things. I think this place has great collections even to the public. Then, we enjoyed a lunch with Dr. Taewoo Kim, and went couple of other lab rooms to meet many other researchers.

As a gift to donors, I received two aspirators for different types of insect collecting from NIBR. I met couple of people I knew from the Internet as well. Also, as an appreciation to donors, there is this screen at first floor listing the donors and their information. (image below)

20170405_130535It is written in Korean, but it says my name, Junsuk Kim and the affiliation at the time of donation, which was University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

From left to right: Dr. Tae Hwa Kang (Coleoptera: Cantharidae), Junsuk Kim(Author), and Dr. Taewoo Kim (Orthoptera). A Young Kim (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae, behind camera).

I really enjoyed my time there and advises from them as well as the gifts.