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Staff Biographies

Regina Wetzer, Associate Curator & Director

Dr. Wetzer earned her Ph.D. 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.

Kathy Omura, Collections Manager

Kathy was the first person to join the Marine Biodiversity Center when it opened in 2000. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and came to the Natural History Museum with 13 years of marine invertebrate taxonomy experience. Kathy conducted biological monitoring surveys at the University of Hawaii and helped assess the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on eelgrass communities in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Her many years of working in Alaska and Hawaii have given Kathy a deep appreciation of the word “biodiversity,” and working with the Museum collections has expanded that understanding even further.

Jenessa Wall, Assistant Collections Manager

Jenessa graduated with a Bachelors in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. During her undergraduate years she spent summers working in the Marine Biodiversity Center curating the marine invertebrate collections and helping to build the Tree of Life: Decapoda database of digitized taxonomic reprints. Jenessa returned to the lab as Assistant Collections Manager in 2014 where she curates and maintains the collections.



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