We are grateful to our volunteers who donate their time to help in many different areas throughout the Museum. From assisting in the collections at Dickinson Hall and the McGuire Center to giving exhibit and school group tours, our volunteers are a vital part of our mission. This new series highlights some of our awesome Museum volunteers.

For more information about volunteering, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/volunteers.

person looking through magnifying glassAhmed El Sheikh – Volunteer for three years

Ahmed is in the 11th grade at Eastside High School and has been a Junior Volunteer since 2017. One of the roles he’s held is Butterfly Discovery Cart Attendant where he informed visitors about butterflies and moths. He’s also been a Camp Teacher’s Assistant and has helped with summer camp sessions.

woman at tableEve Rowland – Volunteer/employee for nine years

Eve is a long-time volunteer who ended up working with us! She volunteered as a JV for five years beginning in 2011 and helped as a Camp Teacher’s Assistant, an exhibit docent and also handled discovery carts. She continues to hold multiple roles at the Museum, but now as an employee. As the Volunteer Program Assistant, Eve supervises and manages volunteers in addition to handling evaluations and applications. She also works at the Florida Museum’s collections and research building, Dickinson Hall, as a receptionist as well as a research assistant in the Mammalogy collection. Eve is graduating from the University of Florida in spring 2020 with a double major in anthropology and zoology.

person smilingCrystal Coleman – Volunteer for seven years

Crystal is a human services program specialist with the Florida Department of Health and has been a volunteer at the Museum since 2013. She originally helped with the Charlie Hall Fossil Discovery Cart and is now a school program docent and leads tours of the exhibits.

person diggingRobert Tarnuzzer – Volunteer for 13 years

‘Bob’ has been a volunteer with us for over 13 years! After spending 31 years as a medical technologist at the VA hospital, he began helping out with the Museum’s paleontology collection in 2007. Apart from helping with digs at the Montbrook, Haile Plantation and Thomas Farm sites, he also helps sort and catalog the bones that are found.