Behind the Scenes at the Museum Center

What is it like to be a museum curator? Join us for a behind-thescenes tour of the Geier Collections and Research Center, home of Cincinnati Museum Center’s research collections and labs. Dr. Heather Farrington, the Zoology Curator at the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), will lead a tour of the Zoology collections, and provide some insights into life at the museum. She will talk about where the animals come from, how they are preserved and cared for, and the importance of maintaining collections like these. Come meet some of the most impressive specimens, like
Gilbert the lion, Chief the elephant, and our Great Auk, and hear the stories of how they ended up at Cincinnati Museum Center. Want to see anything in particular? A condor? A penguin? A bird of paradise? Bring your wish list! After the tour, we can browse the collection and take a look at species specimens by request. You are welcome to take photos during the tour, and Gilbert is always available for selfies!

As Zoology Curator, Heather’s duties include managing the museum’s animal collections and DNA lab. The zoology collection contains birds, mammals, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, marine and freshwater shells, and marine invertebrates. She also supervises the live animal program, which includes animals on exhibit in the museum and animals used for educational programming. Heather is an Ohio native, earning a B.S. in Biology and Business Administration from the University of Mount Union, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cincinnati (UC). Her thesis research focused on Darwin’s Finches in the Galapagos Islands. A geneticist by training, Dr. Farrington worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS, on “environmental DNA” of invasive Asian carp in the Mississippi River watershed after leaving UC. Prior to her arrival at CMC in December 2015, she was the Research and Outreach Coordinator for the genetics lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC. In her spare time, Heather is active with several Cincinnati naturalist groups, volunteers with local bird banding stations, and is an avid reader.

PLEASE NOTE: This month’s meeting will be held at the Greier Collections and Research Center, and NOT AT THE USUAL WINTON WOODS LOCATION. The Geier collections building is located south of Union Terminal at 760 West 5th St., Cincinnati, OH, 45203 (Corner of Gest and 5th). The building has the bronze mammoth statues out front. There is a parking lot on the 5th St. side of the building. If the lot is full, you can park on the street. Enter through the iron gate next to the parking lot. Staff will be available to escort you into the building.

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