As this internship draws closer to its end, it’s interesting to look back at where we started and where we've come. We were able to start with a relatively unorganized collection with no form of digital record and make it into the phylogenetically organized and cataloged collection it now is. We have almost completed entering all of the jars into the digital database, and should have all 500+ previously identified items entered by the end of the week. With our remaining time, we are using genus and species keys to identify and label new specimens as they come into the collection. We will also start cataloging the specimens that are stored in larger containers and tanks too big for the shelves.
While there is still some work to be done to catch up with the identification and cataloging of all of the collected specimens, the work we have accomplished over the past month will make it much easier for others to continue expanding the collection and find items already stored at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab. While there were a few snags along the way, working to overcome the problems and get as far along as we have has allowed me to learn new things about working in a marine collection as well as about general problem solving skills. I have enjoyed my time in this collection and look forward to any future opportunities to continue used the skills I developed while working on this internship.