MSU Museum Natural Science Collections Student Employee
Major: Zoology (concentration in Zoo & Aquarium Science) Minor: Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Samantha is working on a natural science collections rehousing project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She is working remotely and assisting with updating specimen records for the project. These include revising endangered species status categories and verifying scientific names for bird skeletons and mammal tanned skins. She said that throughout her time at the MSU Museum, she has enjoyed learning the many scientific names of birds and mammals, as well as their species status.
Originally from Galesburg, Michigan, Samantha is in her senior year at Michigan State University graduating in May 2021. She became interested in working at the MSU Museum after speaking with MSU Museum Curator, Dr. Barbara Lundrigan about her research and potential opportunities at the Museum. Samantha also enjoys the exhibits at the Museum, her favorite exhibit is the elephant display. She says that if you look closely, you can see a hole in the African Bush Elephant’s scapula which is said to be a wound from a bullet entry.
In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching Survivor and playing video games with her longtime boyfriend, playing with her rat (Bean), and spending quality time with her mom and their three dogs. Her dream job is to be a conservationist, conserving the biodiversity of species and habitats around the world.