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2014 Fitzgerald Travel Grant
Fitzgerald Travel Grants--named in honor of Gerald R.
Fitzgerald, a Past President of the Society (1992-1994) and
a pivotal figure in the founding of SPNHC--help offset the
costs of attending the SPNHC Annual Meeting and are part of
the Society's program of mentorship for emerging professionals in the field of natural history collections care. Thanks to
the mentors who volunteered their time to assist these awardees in all aspects of their planning for the meeting, during
their attendance, and subsequent publication of their work.
tions Toolkit proved to be an invaluable resource while completing these projects. One of the most enjoyable aspects of
managing the INHS collections is that they are stored on the
University of Illinois campus, which allows me the ability to
interact with a large number of undergraduate students. Not
only do I educate them about the value and use of zoological
collections, but offer many internships and employment in
our labs and collections.
Daniel B. Wylie
Gali Beiner and mentor, Susan Butts.
Daniel B. Wylie and mentor, Laura Abraczinskas.
I have spent the past six years working in the Illinois Natural History Survey Biological collections. For the past three
years, I have been the Zoological Collections Manager
overseeing the Astacology, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Malacology, and Ornithology Collections, as well as the associated
genetic resource collections. I received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Windsor in 2007. My
current research focuses on emerging infectious diseases in
amphibians and reptiles, specifically in North American pit
vipers. Two co-authors and myself have nearly completed
a field guide to crayfish of the Midwestern United States. I
am a Co-PI on the NSF funded project Georeferencing U.S.
Fish Collections: a community-based model to georeferencing natural history collections. An important aspect of my
job has been databasing our Ornithology Collection as well
as our frozen tissue collections with the goal of improving
online access to our collections. Over the past three years, I
have also accessioned approximately 23,000 specimens from
several orphaned collections. The SPNHC Threatened Collec48 * SPNHC Connection
I joined the SPNHC a couple of years ago, but did not have
the opportunity to participate in the annual meetings until
very recently. The Fitzgerald Travel Grant awarded me by
the SPNHC committee enabled me to join in with the crowd
at the SPNHC 29th annual meeting hosted by Amgueddfa
Cymru - Museum of Wales. Being the only person currently
dealing with preservation of natural history collections in my
country, this meeting gave me a very special opportunity to
be an active part of a global preservation community.
Personally speaking, my interest in conservation of natural
history collections started with a student job. When enrolling
as a student of Archaeology and Art History, I had conservation in mind, but was not particularly aware of the needs of
natural history collections until I started processing archaeozoological material from excavations as part of a student job.
It was then that I became aware of the existence of the significant natural history collections in the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. The requirements of these collections remained in
my mind when I went on to study chemistry and finally, when
I achieved my M.A. in Conservation from Durham University, UK. For several years, my career was that of a "regular"
conservator, working with archaeological and ethnographic
collections in the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), the Conser-
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