Other Student Opportunities

The natural history collection is a thriving, growing collection! A number of students currently are working with the collection, as part of independent research projects, Honors projects, or learning skills through work-study. Below, we spotlight some of the recent student projects.

  • Calli Tang is working on identification of invertebrate specimens in our collection, now that contemporary field guides are widely available for many species. Recent ID projects have included dragonflies and cicadas. 
  • Hannah Reed is working on identification of earthworms in our collection, now that a high quality dichotomous key has been published for annelids in our region
  • Eric Allen is preparing a manuscript that documents all new county records in our herbarium, according to the Digital Atlas of the Flora of Virginia. He collaborated with Dr. Powers, Dr. Small, and Dr. Tom Wieboldt, retired curator of the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech
  • Allyse Fritz, now a teacher, cataloged the rare snails collected by Paul Burch
  • Jacob Vaught (now a student at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine) identified the crayfish in our collection, using contemporary keys to crayfish of Virginia
  • Brittani Sanford, an honors student, completed identification of grasshoppers in our collection. Marisa Dameron (now a student at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine) updated these IDs recently. 
  • Cassandra Boerstler worked on a backlog of unmounted herbarium specimens that date back to the 1960s. Adding these to our digitized collection expanded our herbarium collection substantially.