Douglas S. Jones
Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History and Curator
Research interests include exploring shell growth records of modern and fossil mollusks. These range from coquina clams such as Donax variabilis that live for several months, to bivalves like Arctica islandica that can live for centuries. From growth increment variability and stable isotope profiles in shells of these organisms, it is possible to reconstruct detailed records of life history and environmental change.
Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Chair of Invertebrate Paleontology
Roger W. Portell
Oversight of all aspects (curation, cataloging, computerization, personnel, budgets, fund raising, outreach, etc.) of one of the largest and most active invertebrate paleontology collections in North America. Currently serving as Florida Paleontological Society Editor of the specimen identification series Florida Fossil Invertebrates.
Research interests include systematics, paleoecology, biogeography, and biostratigraphy of Cenozoic invertebrates of the southeastern USA, Caribbean, and South America with an emphasis on arthropods, echinoderms, and mollusks.
Museum Operations Specialist
Collection, preparation, cataloging, GIS databasing, and photography of worldwide collection of fossil invertebrates with focus on the SE USA and Caribbean. Oversee data entry personnel. Member of the National Speleological Society, the Florida Speleological Society (Board Member since 2001, currently serving as President), and the Florida Geological Survey Springs and Swallett Project (2005).
Research interests include mapping of Florida caves (both underwater and dry) and photographic documentation and voucher collecting of fossil invertebrates found therein.
Collection, preparation, and identification of fossil invertebrates from the SE USA and Caribbean. Newsletter Editor and Membership Chair for the Florida Paleontological Society.
Research interests include the evolution and systematics of Cenozoic marine mollusks from the western Atlantic.
George D. Hecht
Collection, preparation, identification, and curation of Tertiary microfossils (Ostracoda, Foraminiferida) from the SE USA and Caribbean. Identification and Curation of the Paleozoic portion of the teaching Collection. Member of the Florida Paleontological Society.
Research interests include taxonomy and biostratigraphy of Florida brackish and marine Ostracoda.
Joan C. Herrera
Research Interests include larval ecology and life history evolution of marine invertebrates and the evolutionary history of echinoids.
Preparation and cataloging of fossils. Research interests include systematics and phylogeny of squat lobster and porcelain crabs.
Data Entry Specialist
Currently working hard as a senior anthropology major. Computerization of identified specimens including production of specimen labels and numbering of cataloged lots is only the entryway to the vast world of geology and geography that has added depth to various research interests and general knowledge overall.