Jennifer C. Girón, Ph.D.
Acting Collections Manager and Research Aide
I oversee all activities at the collection: processing loans and new accessions, curation and identification of specimens, training of students and volunteers.
I also participate from several research projects at TTU and elsewhere.
More information about my research can be found on my personal website.
Graduate student, Heritage & Museum Sciences
I'm pursuing a M.A. in Museum Sciences with minors in Anthropology and Heritage Management. I have been working in the Invertebrate Zoology Collection since February 2021, digitizing the bee collection and helping with various other collections tasks. During this time I developed a protocol for digitizing insect specimens using free online tools, which I presented as a poster at the Mountain-Plains Museums Association meeting in 2021.
I also created some educational content on invertebrate pollinators and presented the talk: "Expanding Access: Creating Outreach Tools from Entomological Collections" at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Collections Network in November 2021.
Undergraduate student, Department of Plant and Soil Science
I'm actively working on a B.S. in Horticulture and Animal Science as a double major. I have been digitizing and organizing the leaf beetle specimens in the Invertebrae Zoology Collection since September 2021. I presented a poster about my work with the leaf beetle collection at the Undergraduate Research Conference at TTU in the spring of 2022.
We currently have two volunteers. One of them is digitizing the hover fly collection (Diptera: Syrphidae) and the other will soon start imaging the Medical Zoology slide collection.