Texas Tech University



Heath J. Garner

Curator of Collections


Heath J. Garner has a M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University and a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Houston. Heath facilitates the daily operations of the NSRL's collections. My duties include specimen processing, cataloging, and tracking, loan processing, student worker and volunteer training and supervision, documentation keeping, and collections preventative conservation. His interests are directed toward all aspects of natural history collection curation, data management, and the changing technologies in museum collections. He have been with NSRL since June of 2000.



Heath Garner

Lisa Bradley

Production Editor, Publications and Research Associate


Lisa Bradley holds a M.S. in Wildlife Science from Texas A & M University and a B.S. in Wildlife Science from West Virginia University. Her primary duty is the preparation of manuscripts for publication in the Museum series Occasional Papers and Special Publications. She is responsible for communicating with authors and the Editor through the review and revision process, copy editing, proofreading, and final layout and design. She also assists in the writing and editing of scientific articles published by NSRL staff, in the preparation and submission of grant proposals, and in the development of NSRL-related exhibits for the Museum.



Lisa Bradley

Kathy MacDonald

Collections Manager, Robert J. Baker Genetic Resources Collection


Kathy MacDonald has a M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University, and a B.S. in Biology,a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology.

Her primary duties at the NSRL include management of the Robert J. Baker Genetic Resources Collection and the training and supervision of its students and volunteers. On a daily basis she is involved with organization and processing of incoming samples as well as subsampling and processing of loans from the RJB-GRC. Other duties include assisting with specimen tracking in the collections, contributing to database management and design, performing information requests, and advocating for best museum practices. She began work at the NSRL as a student in 2002.



kathy macdonald

Dr. Jennifer C. Girón

Acting Collections Manager, Invertebrate Zoology Collection


Jennifer obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evoluationary Biology, with an emphasis on invertebrates, from the University of Kansas in 2020, and she is currently volunteering at the NSRL to manage the invertebrate zoology collection. Her duties include processing loan requests and incoming accessions, and she is also reorganizing and curating the collection. In the long term, her goal is to have an organized, active, and curated collection that serves the TTU community, by training students in collections care and contributing to graduate students thesis and dissertation research, all of this while enhancing research in the broad scientific community.

Most of Jennifer's research has focused on Neotropical broad-nosed weevils (Curculionidae: Entiminae), but her Ph.D. research at the University of Kansas, has focused on water scavenger beetles (Hydrophilidae) in the subfamily Acidocerinae. She is also passionate about collections and biodiversity informatics. 

For more information about Jennifer, visit https://sites.google.com/view/jcgiron/home.


jennifer giron

Natural Science Research Laboratory