I am currently completing a science-based Curation Internship at Kew Gardens, where I am working for the Identification & Naming departments - Africa Team Monday to Thursday and on Friday I am involved with Mycology work.
Now I am databasing fungal vouchers at the Fungarium using Herbtrack (with rotting fungi) and I am carrying out various curation projects at the Herbarium (focusing also on Mozambique TIPAs). I feel that although my degree is already completed my current mycology, chemistry and botany studying skills are also relevant to your needs.
My key relevant skills gained through the current Internship include - botany, mycology & herbarium curation, research, databasing using Herbtrak, HerbCat, Brahms & CRIS, data collection, data analysis, mycology lab work and scientific report writing.
My main day to day duties are:
- Collecting specimen in the field
- Using microscopes properly
- Preparing wet-mount slides
- Keep equipment in a clean and serviceable condition
- Recording and interpreting results to present to senior colleagues
- Conducting searches on identified topics relevant to the research
- Following and ensuring strict safety procedures and safety checks
- Auditing family indexes in the Herbarium
- Curation of specimens collected in Mozambique - bar-coding, labeling, databasing (BRAHMS)
- Databasing fungal vouchers at the Fungarium - (Herbtrack)
- Photographing specimen, cataloging, use of Digifolia
- Preparation for mounting plants