Hours: The museum is currently closed due to COVID-19
Student Research Assistant in Natural Science Major: Environmental Biology Minor: Environmental Studies and Sustainability Minor: Marine Ecosystem Management
Oliver Autrey is a student research assistant in natural science at the MSU Museum, originally from Tecumseh, Michigan, Oliver is in his Junior year at Michigan State University. His work at the Museum is mostly focused on preparing and researching specimens associated with the ornithology collection. He says that the most rewarding part of his work at the Museum is monitoring bird-window collisions on campus to see which windows are the deadliest to migrating birds.
Oliver became interested in museum work after visiting the Field Museum in Chicago and taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. His favorite exhibit at the MSU Museum is the “Hall of Evolution” located on the Ground Floor.
After graduation, Oliver plans to pursue a career as a conservation biologist in coastal restoration. In his free time he enjoys birding, backpacking, biking, nature photography, snowboarding, and scuba diving.