As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums are temporarily closed. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our websites and social media.
As the Research Assistant to Dr. Conrad Labandeira, curator of fossil arthropods, I assist in his research in the analysis of insect damage of plants throughout the fossil record. My duties include planning and participating in field trips to fossil localities as well as designing and compiling databases of fossil specimen inventories. I am in charge of the department's Computer Graphics Lab, and work as the web designer and developer for the Paleobiology Department's web site. I also coordinate the volunteers for Dr. Labandeira, assist visiting scholars and handle fossil specimen loan requests.