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. His 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 has 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

Heidi Amarilla-Stevens

Collection Manager, Mammal Collection


Heidi Amarilla-Stevens has a M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University and a B.S. in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción in Paraguay.  

Her duties at the NSRL include research to improve curatorial practices as they relate to conservation of natural history collections along with their genetic resource material. Other duties include assisting in all aspects of the specimen curation process, as well as preparing loans, students training and collection care.  

Heidi's research interest centers on the care and utilization of natural history collections. There is a tension between the urgent need to preserve natural history specimens for future generations, and the imperative need to access these same resources for current research. Preservation and utilization of these finite resources drives her interest into curatorial management of natural history collections.


heidi stevens

Natural Science Research Laboratory