Mammal Collections

The undergraduate volunteers in the mammal collections learn a variety of skills as they assist with curation and daily operations of a growing research and teaching collection.  They help with preparing scientific specimens, labeling and organizing cataloged specimens, preparing loans, pest management, outreach, and other duties.

Jennifer Newkirk
Jennifer graduated in 2017 in Widllife Sciences department. She has been volunteering in the mammal collections since 2014 and is currently employed as our specimen preparator working with the museum’s dermestid beetle colony.

Michael Herfurth
Michael has been volunteering since 2017, doing mostly specimen preparation

Reed Lab

The undergraduate volunteers in the Reed Lab are top notch!  Proficient in many molecular genetics techniques, included DNA extraction, PCR, and gel electrophoresis, our undergraduates work hard to generate data for ongoing projects in the lab.  Many of our undergraduates have also been trained to take high-resolution images of mammal specimens and have gained skills working with software, like Photoshop and Lightroom.  In addition to the work they do in the lab, the undergraduates also attend a weekly lab seminar where we read and discuss peer-reviewed articles.  Below is more information about our current undergraduate volunteers.

Samantha Johnson
Year: Sophmore
Major: Bioengineering
Future Interests: Graduate school