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Staff Biographies

Regina Wetzer, Associate Curator & Director

Dr. Wetzer earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina. She had been at the Natural History Museum in the mid-'80s and returned in 1999.  Since 2003 she has been a Research Scientist and Director of the Marine Biodiversity Center. Her research focuses on crustacean systematics and isopod phylogeny, and she has a special fondness for sphaeromatid isopods. Dr. Wetzer's research has taken her all over the world, including Africa, Mongolia, the South Pacific, South America, and Australia.

Kathy Omura, Collections Manager

Kathy was the first person to join the Marine Biodiversity Center when it opened in 2000. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and came to the Natural History Museum with 13 years of marine invertebrate taxonomy experience. Kathy conducted biological monitoring surveys at the University of Hawaii and helped assess the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on eelgrass communities in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Her many years of working in Alaska and Hawaii have given Kathy a deep appreciation of the word “biodiversity,” and working with the Museum collections has expanded that understanding even further.

Phyllis Sun, Assistant Collections Manager

Phyllis earned a B.F.A. from the University of Southern California's Roski School of Fine Arts, emphasizing photography, drawing, and design. As an undergraduate, she worked for the Marine Biodiversity Center photographing type specimens and assisting with the creation of a photographic database for the Malacology and Invertebrate Paleontology collections. She has worked at The Huntington Library, assisting on the Maynard L. Parker Photographs Archive, and at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions installing their summer exhibition. Phyllis joined the Marine Biodiversity Center in 2011, where she curates and databases a great diversity of invertebrates. Phyllis continues to shape her skills and knowledge in curation and biodiversity.



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