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We are always looking for new members of the lab. If you have a passion for midwater research, museum collections or ocean outreach, contact us. Send Karen a cover letter that includes what you would like to do, why you want to do it (specifically how it fits with your career plans), a bit about yourself, the contact information for two references, and your CV. We look forward to meeting you.

Open opportunities (Volunteer unless stated otherwise)

Polynoid Illustration Project Coordinator, 1 year commitment.

Polychaete Bibliography and Reprint Library assistant.

Karen Osborn

Pic of Karen Osborn

Karen became hooked on the midwater as a summer intern at MBARI and has continued following that interest ever since. She studied munnopsid isopods as a graduate student at UC Berkeley and MBARI then went on to study cirratuliform worms at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In late 2011 she took a research position at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where she has further diversified her study organisms to include hyperiid amphipods and acorn worms.


Postdocs

Photo of Chan LinChan Lin is a postdoc working on the neuroanatomy of hyperiid amphipods. He uses histological stainings, immunolabeling, and advanced light and confocal microscopy to study the neural architecture of the visual brain centers.

Graduate Students

Photo of Leann BiancaniLeann Biancani is a second year PhD student interested in evolutionary history and systematics of marine invertebrates. Leann is working on a phylogeny for the super diverse crustacean group Amphipoda.  She is working to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the hyperiid amphipods in order to study the evolution of their incredibly diverse eyes. She is co-advised by Dr. Michael Cummings in the Laboratory of Molecular Evolution at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Photo of Laura BaggeLaura Bagge is a graduate student at Duke University in Sonke Johnsen's ocean optics lab. She studies transparent crustaceans – pelagic hyperiid amphipods and benthic anemone shrimp in the genus Periclimenes – to understand how these animals structure their tissues to achieve invisibility in their ocean environment. Laura recently worked at the Smithsonian with Karen to characterize how the cuticles of hyperiid amphipods may be adapted to reduce their surface reflections.

Photo of Jenna MooreJenna Moore is a previous Predoctoral Fellow visiting the Osborn Lab. She is a graduate student at the Florida Museum of Natural History and continues to work with Karen on the phylogeny of Chaetopteridae and a revision of the genus Chaetopterus.

Interns

Photo of Nadege AokiNadege Aoki is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She spent the summer of 2016 with us as a NHRE intern and is returning the summer of 2017 to continue work on the project. She worked on the kinematics of Tomopteris swimming using high speed video footage and video analysis using MatLab.


Photo of Alyssa AringtonAlyssa Arington is a is a student at Santa Barbara City College and is an NHRE intern working with us summer of 2017. She is studying the kinematics of swimming in Tomopteris polychaetes using high speed video footage and video analysis using MatLab.


Photo of Matthew BerningMatthew Berning is a graduate of Florida State University (B.S. Biological Sciences - 2014). He is interested in invertebrate biology, evolution, ecology and symbiotic relationships in both the pelagic and deep sea. He is currently studying the diets and ecological role of two species of deep sea holopelagic isopods in the family Munnopsidae.


Photo of Robert BoydRobert Boyd is a graduate of Florida State University (B.S. Biological Sciences - 2014). He is interested in invertebrate biology, evolution, ecology and symbiotic relationships in both the pelagic and deep sea. He is currently studying the diets and ecological role of two species of deep sea holopelagic isopods in the family Munnopsidae.


Photo of Ariel HarnedAriel Harned is a junior at George Washington University in Mechanical Engineering focusing on biomechanical engineering. She is spending the summer with us working on the kinematics of Tomopteris swimming using high speed video footage and video analysis using MatLab.


Photo of Natalia MushegiaNatalia Mushegia is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley. She spent the summer of 2016 with us as a volunteer intern working on the biomechanics of swimming in members of the polychaete genus Tomopteris using high speed video footage and video analysis using MatLab. She continues to work on the project in her spare time.


Photo of Tyler PrestTyler Prest is a part-time volunteer intern working on defining the relationships between hyperiid amphipod and gelatinous zooplankton.


Photo of Sarit TruskeySarit Truskey is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland (B.A. Biology - 2015) and interested in the ecology, evolution, and biogeography of marine invertebrates. As a research intern with the Osborn Lab, Sarit is using genetic sequence data to explore spatial connectivity and diversity in an assorted lineup of holopelagic invertebrates, including Tomopteris polycheates. She will be with us through summer 2018.


Katya Uryupova is passionate about the Polar Regions, and has spent most of her life in Siberia. In 2009, she received her PhD in marine biology from Moscow State University. Having worked as a scientist in the Arctic and Antarctic regions since 2000, she is involved in a number of research projects. Her research interests range from general biology to different aspects of human impact on the environment to interdisciplinary research efforts.


Contractors

Volunteers

Kate Ingram is a graphic design student and teaching assistant at NOVA and has been volunteering with the Osborn Lab as a scientific illustration assistant since January 2014. She’s currently working on a project using Illustrator to render vector drawings of the scientific illustration archives of the late Dr. Kristian Fauchald.


Kristina Ogilvie has volunteered her graphic design skills to the IZ department since 2012. She helps with the digitization of polychaete illustrations, and cleans up photos of specimens using Adobe's Creative Suite.


Carrie Talus Carrie Talus has a M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and she currently works as a science writer and editor. She volunteers in the Osborn Lab as a scientific illustrator using Adobe Illustrator to create line drawings of marine invertebrates for the Smithsonian catalogue.


Georgia Tschen has worked as a volunteer since 2013 providing graphic design services for the lab and as a contractor digitizing labels and cataloging data for the Hyperiid Amphipod Collection. She has a fine arts degree from the University of Iowa.


Bill Van Holle is an amateur photographer who photographs and digitizes specimens of marine organisms under the direction of Dr. Osborn. He uses primarily a Cannon macro set up for high resolution images of specimens in different orientations, and combines them into digital files for the museum's storage and website display. Volunteer.


Past Members

Jamie Baldwin FergusJamie Baldwin Fergus is visual ecologist studying visual adaptations in the hyperiid amphipods. These marine pelagic crustaceans have a remarkable number of optical variations to the marine pelagic habitat. She is investigating eye morphology and physiology in reference to their optical habitats, zooplankton associations, and evolutionary relationships. Jamie was a postdoc with us from 2013-2015.


Stephanie BushStephanie Bush is a past Postdoc who specialized in the connectivity of pteropod populations. Read more about her work on MBARI website.


Jane DoeMaya Chung is a northern Virginia native who worked in the IZ department at the MSC since 2014 as an intern and contractor. She sorted and illustrated hydrothermal vent specimens from the Juan de Fuca trench, and re-curated the National Cancer Institute's Vouchers collection. She is a student in the Harvard College Class of 2019 and plans to study Earth & Planetary Sciences.


Rachel GoncalvesRachel Goncalves is a past Graduate Intern from Brazil. She worked on illustrations of polynoid polychaete worms and schematics for new technology.


Allison Kramer has a degree in geography and is a past volunteer who worked on updating Polychaete taxonomic database. She served as a part-time contractor for ADS assisting on various projects, including which included creation of the Osborn Lab website photodatabase.


Jennifer Soucy has degrees in Art History and Archaeology. She came to the Smithsonian to assist as a Hyperiid Amphipod Cataloguer. She aided in the digitization of un-catalogued specimen labels, and then translating and entering skeleton record data into the museum catalog database (EMu).


Jessica Whelpley is a past Contractor (hydrothermal vent collection cataloguing) and Acorn worm enthusiast. She is currently a graduate student in Joe Ryan's lab at FSU.