Sara Weinstein began her involvement while taking Natural History of the Vertebrates in the Spring of 2006 when she was a junior. She also started attending “Herp Group” which is an evening seminar series on reptiles and amphibians, and “MVZ coffee” a weekly social hour held in the MVZ each semester. During the summer of 2007, she began working with Professor David Wake on a study examining a fungus attacking local salamanders, and she also worked in the Prep Lab during the summer of 2007. The salamander project eventually developed into a senior thesis project, which she will finish and submit at the end of the Spring 2008 semester. In her free time, she also makes cartoons about reptile and amphibian biology.
“I like everything about working in the MVZ. Especially the coffee on Wednesday morning! Dave Wake is a great advisor, he puts up with all kinds of strange pestering questions, like ‘Can I contact everyone that has held a Batrachoseps and been associated with the museum for the last thirty years?’”