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Spring Break: Evaluation and Care of Invertebrate Zoology Fluid Collections

Project Description: This is a good opportunity for those students that want to gain experience with Invertebrate Zoology museum fluid collections.  Fluid collections are unique in that they contain chemicals (mainly Ethyl alcohol, Isopropyl alcohol, and Formalin) that tend to evaporate or that can over time erode their containers.  Interns will learn how to assess the crustacean fluid collections and then based on their assessment they will learn how to properly curate the fluid collection.

Qualifications: Interest in Invertebrate Zoology, Biology, or Museum Collections is a plus.  The ability to stand for long periods of time.

Learning Objectives: Interns will learn how to assess the condition of Invertebrate Zoology fluid collections (mainly Ethyl alcohol, Isopropyl alcohol, and Formalin).  Interns will learn to curate the crustacean fluid collections based on their assessments.

Timetable: Indefinite

Award Package: None

Contact: Kristen Mercer,  mercerk@si.edu, 301.238.1772