Working at Collections

I have been working in collections since my undergraduate program (~6 years ago!). I admire very much this type of work because it requires patience and tons of concentration, two qualities that I have improved a lot. Currently, I work in the collections of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (FLMNH), where I spend my hours curating and data basing preponine and biblidine butterflies. Working at the MCGL has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about curatorial techniques and also to learn about other lepidopteran groups that I have not worked with (e.g. micromoths).


Our collections team is a very diverse and comprehensive group!
It includes people from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. This feature makes our group very interesting and competitive. In the day-to-day tasks, we help each other in any way we can, either making/printing labels, collecting caterpillars in the field for the rearing lab, moving material from floor to floor, or ever if it is to freeze together in the collection room!



Visiting the entomological collection at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)



At the McGuire Collection with a drawer of Agrias butterflies.





FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Matt Standridge, Sebastián Padrón, Minna Stubina, Jon Doyle, Andy Warren, Kelly Thomas, Me, Katie Lane, Stacey Huber, Cassie Romero, Peter Houlihan.