Vanessa Delnavaz, 2019
Invertebrate Zoology Collection Manager, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Since the completion of the KU Museum Studies Program in May 2019, I have become the invertebrate zoology collection manager at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. At SBMNH, I oversee a collection of approximately 2.5 million invertebrate specimens, a large majority of which are mollusks. We have significant fluid-preserved and dry collections.
In addition to the physical specimens, I also manage our Specify database, which currently has over 150,000 records. I am particularly interested in digitizing our collection to make it as accessible as possible, and therefore am involved in several imaging projects with DSLR photography, as well as scanning electron microscopy.
In my position, I enjoy working in so many different capacities, including collections management, research, volunteer supervision, education, and outreach. I love that I get to put my education from the Museum Studies Program to use every single day, while also constantly learning new things.