Roosevelt University intern Sara Parilo assisting with databasing of Mydidae specimens
Text by Sara Parilo
I am a student at Roosevelt University in Chicago studying Biology. I am interning at the Field Museum of Natural History as part of a course entitled “Natural History Museum Studies” during the winter semester of 2011 (January–May). I work with Torsten Dikow on databasing Mydidae specimens and determining the geographic coordinates of all collecting sites. I enter the established information of the flies into the database and assign each fly with a unique AAM specimen number.
The purpose of my work is to assist Torsten in entering these specimens into the database to produce a distribution map such as this one of Mydas clavatus to study the distribution of each species.