Current Undergraduate Students

Reed Molecular 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

Josh Ringer
Year: Junior
Major: Natural Resources
Future Interests: Graduate school


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.  

Darby Guyn
Year: Senior
Major: Wildlife Sciences
Darby began volunteering in 2015 and is always willing to help with whatever needs to be done! She has worked with many different animals over the years and greatly enjoys learning about them and teaching people about all the different creatures in the world. In her free time, Darby loves riding horses and volunteers with the local rabbit rescue.

Jennifer Newkirk
Major: Wildlife Sciences
Interests: Jennifer began volunteering in 2014 and loves preparing specimens!