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.
Eve is an undergraduate who has been volunteering in the collection since 2017. She has a passion for museum collections and mammals and does everything from labeling bones to specimen prep to curation. Eve is also currently completing a research project on the morphological differences in Atlantic subspecies of the beach mouse Peromyscus polionotus.
Savannah started volunteering in the collection in 2019 as apart of her Natural History class but decided to keep volunteering after her class ended, and we’re glad she did! She has been helping with the curation of our dry collection.
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.