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MVZ Handbook
Carla Cicero
Staff Curator Ornithology Collection

(510) 642-7868
ccicero@berkeley.edu
  • Access to bird specimen and tissue collections
  • Contact for depositing bird specimens & tissues
  • Return/receiving bird loans from other institutions
  • Contact for accessing sound equipment & sound room
  • Contact for taking mist nets or ammunition into the field
  • Tissue vials for field trips when collecting birds for MVZ
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Contact for MVZ institutional permits
  • Contact for import/export of bird specimens or parts
  • Advice for bird collecting, permits, import/export
  • Bird collection student manager
  • Contact for MVZ database system (Arctos)
  • Contact for MVZ archival materials
  • ORNIS PI
Chris Conroy
Staff Curator Mammalolgy Collection

(510) 643-7709
ondatra@berkeley.edu
  • Access to mammal specimen and tissue collections
  • Contact for depositing mammal specimens & tissues
  • Return/receiving mammal loans from other institutionsr
  • Contact for import/export of mammal specimens or parts
  • Advice for mammal trapping, permits, import/export
  • Mammal trap checkout and repair
  • Tissue vials for field trips when collecting mammals for MVZ
  • Mammal collection student manager
  • Ordering curatorial supplies
  • X-ray machine, Darkroom contact
  • Digital camera checkout
  • Grinnell Project
  • MVZ Safety Officer
Carol Spencer
Staff Curator Herpetology Collection

(510) 643-5778
atrox10@gmail.com
atrox@berkeley.edu
  • Access to herp specimen and tissue collections
  • Contact for depositing herp specimens & tissues
  • Return/receiving herp loans from other institutions
  • Contact for access to Herp Lab, jars, & chemicals (MS222, formalin, EtOH)
  • Tissue vials and chemicals for field trips when collecting herps for MVZ
  • Contact for import/export of herp specimens or parts
  • Advice for herp collecting, permits, import/export
  • Herp collection student manager
  • HerpNET coordinator & Co-PI
Terri Barclay
Prep Lab Manager

(510) 642-1379
tlynnwong@berkeley.edu
  • Prep Lab Use, preparing specimens, etc. (specimen preparation takes a while to learn, contact well in advance of field season if you need it – 1 month of practice is best)
  • Field equipment loans – includes GPS units, video camera, cotton, sawdust, and much more…(contact a month in advance to ensure the supplies will be available and to give yourself time to order any other supplies). For mammal traps, contact Chris Conroy first for permission; for mistnets and sound recording equipment, contact Carla Cicero first for permission.
  • Donation of salvaged carcasses (can also contact Carla, Carol, or Chris depending on type of animal)
  • MVZ Field Vehicle Use & Maintenance
  • Pest Management (also contact Chris, Carla, or Carol if you see a bug!)
  • Walk-in Freezer Use (in Prep Lab) for quarentine
  • Biosafety consulting
Lydia Smith
Evolutionary Genetics Lab Manager

(510) 642-0647
lydsmith@berkeley.edu
  • Evolution Genetics Lab Use and Safety training
  • EGL research material storage (note: for materials to be given the MVZ collection, contact staff curators)
  • Molecular lab equipment, supplies, and protocols
Michelle Koo
Biodiversity Informatics & GIS Staff Curator

(510) 642-8547
mkoo@berkeley.edu
  • Anything GIS: data, tools, and mapping, and graphics software (including ESRI or Google Earth Pro, Earth Engine software)
  • Georeferencing of MVZ database localities and corrections
  • Contact for MVZ database system (Arctos)
  • Contact for MVZ website and servers
  • Contact for MVZ Archives
  • Contact for IT Infrastructure (Billy is contact for support)
  • Other projects: VertNet, ORNIS, EcoEngine, AmphibiaWeb, BNHM
Christina Fidler
Archivist

cfidler@berkeley.edu
  • Access to library materials
  • Access to archival materials (field notebooks, photographs, annotated maps, etc.)
  • Archival collection maintenance and preservation
For after-hours building maintenance, call Physical Plant (510) 642-1032
In the event of an emergency, call 911 from a campus landline - it connects directly to UC Police Department.

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