- Curatorial Assistant I & Specimen Preparator
- Ornithology & Mammalogy
As the Preparator for the Department of Ornithology & Mammalogy, I am blessed with the job of working with a rich variety of specimens from all over the world. I use many methods to preserve specimens for the O&M research collection. These methods include, but are not limited to: Osteological preparation by maceration and the use of a dermestid beetle colony, study skin preparation, fluid preservation, and pelt dressing.
I oversee the preparation of the specimens being processed within the Department and manage our “Bones Lab”, which houses our dermestid beetle colonies and our unique saltwater maceration tank. I am interested in the development of new methods of anatomical preparation and specimen preservation for museum collections, and sharing ideas with other Preparators with similar interests.
From time to time, I also collaborate with the Academy’s own Exhibits Department to articulate skeletons, refurbish old specimens, perform routine cleaning and maintenance of our dioramas, and produce new conventional taxidermy mounts.