I am a new intern in the Paleo Lab at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, in association with the Smithsonian Institute. This is the first time I have been in this city and the museum as well. I am a PhD student from Ball State University, Geology Department, in Muncie, Indiana.
I have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Earth Sciences, and my major is Paleontology. I am working on a Tertiary coral reef (foralgal reef), and the reef community. I received this internship from the New College Institute, and the Tom Family foundation, due to my interest regarding micro-mammals.
I am working with Dr. Hastings to identify the micro-mammals from the Starr Chapel Cave, located in Bath County, Virginia. I am also working on the Jurassic sediments from the northern part of Wyoming (Two Sisters Quarry).
In addition, I will get training soon with Mrs. Dawn McCrickard, on how to use the SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope), to image the micro-mammals.