Linda Weingarten became involved in the museum in through the BSP in the fall of 2006 soon after she graduated from UC Berkeley. She was looking to gain more experience in laboratory work, and gain additional job skills in biology. She worked in the MVZ Preparation Lab and necropsied over 30 mammals, preparing them as skeletons for the research collection over the fall of 2006 and the spring of 2007. She then went on to manage the IB teaching collection during the summer of 2007, organizing and inventorying hundreds of birds and mammals and managing four students. She continues to enjoy her volunteer time at the MVZ and has begun a new project involving Professor Eileen Lacey’s Tuco-Tuco (Ctenomys sociabilis) studies in the Prep Lab.
“I learned so much while working in the prep lab! Monica is a very patient teacher. The MVZ is the most incredible place in the university (I am biased towards biology), and I am very pleased to be associated with it.”