Safari West Presents! UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Friday March 22, 2024 | 8:00pm – 8:30pm


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Conservation Dinner Series: Theresa (Terri) Barclay of the UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology joins us in the elephant room after dinner to give a talk about flesh-eating beetles. The conservation dinner series is complimentary to all dinner guests.

If you would like to just go to this presentation, please reserve dinner by selecting the date of the lecture on the booking page. Dinner starts at 7:00 PM.

About the Speaker:

Theresa (Terri) Barclay of UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Flesh Eating BeetlesTheresa (Terri) Barclay is the Senior Museum Scientist and Museum Preparator for the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) at the University of California, Berkeley. She started at the MVZ as a curatorial assistant while finishing her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and basically never left. She currently facilitates the processing of skeletal specimens, study skins, and fluid specimens for the MVZ’s research collection. She also trains undergraduates and other researchers in the processes of museum-quality specimen preparations.  Terri credits her Dermestid beetles and her amazing crew of UC Berkeley undergraduates for assisting her with processing hundreds of specimens each year. She loves that her work gives each animal a “second life” as a resource for furthering our understanding of the natural world. Terri is also a Sonoma County native who got her start in museums as a high school docent at the Petaluma Wildlife Museum. She is also a former Safari West tour guide.

You can get a glimpse of her work with Dermestid beetles in KQED’s Deep Look episode “Watch Flesh-Eating Beetles Strip Bodies to the Bone” (season 2, episode 9).

UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Flesh Eating Beetles