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).

THE TEAM

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!

 

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

 

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At the McGuire Collection with a drawer of Agrias butterflies.

 

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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.