Dr. Wetzer earned her PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina. She had been at the Natural History Museum in the mid-'80s and returned in 1999.
Since 2003 she has been a Research Scientist and Director of the Marine Biodiversity Center. Her research focuses on crustacean systematics and isopod phylogeny, and she has a special fondness for sphaeromatid isopods. Dr. Wetzer's research has taken her all over the world, including Africa, Mongolia, the South Pacific, South America, and Australia.