The Division of Vertebrate Zoology has six curators and three full-time collection staff. The Division also benefits from part-time staff, student employees, volunteers and interns.
Jon Moore is a Professor at Florida Atlantic College and is a Curatorial Affiliate within the Division of Vertebrate
Zoology specializing in Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles.
Twan Leenders is the Conservation Biologist for Connecticut Audubon Society and is a Curatorial Affiliate within the Division of Vertebrate Zoology specializing in Amphibians and Reptiles.
Gunter Wagner is a Faculty Affiliate in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology.
Peter Brazaitis is retired from the Wildlife Conservation Society and is a Curatorial Affiliate in Vertebrate Zoology specializing in crocodilians.
Jorge deLeon is the Ornithology Librarian who also does field work with birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
Adriana Rubenstein is an assistant in Ornithology.
Charlie Murphy volunteers his time in the Ornithology Library.
Mary Head volunteers to write specimen numbers on bird and mammal bones, which she always does with a smile.
Link Olson is a Curatorial Affiliate in Mammalogy.
James Prosek is an artist, an author, and a musician and he is a Curatorial Affiliate in the Vertebrate Zoology.
Gisella Caccone is a Curatorial Affiliate in Herpetology.
Max Shpak is a Yale alum and a Curatorial Affiliate in
herpetology and ichthyology. He is an avid
fisherman. He also SCUBA dives.
Catherine (a.k.a. Cat) Smith is a Museum Assistant in Vertebrate Zoology and works on the NSF-funded recuration project for the fluid-preserved specimens. She is interested in systematics and population biology of snakes, including invasive species.
Nancy Rosenbaum is a retired professor and now volunteers within Vertebrate Zoology where she helps with the osteology collection of Ornithology and Mammalogy.
Dorie Petrochko volunteers in osteology where she often writes specimen numbers on bird and mammal bones. She spends most of her volunteer time at West Campus.
Theodora (Dora) Pinou is faculty at Western Connecticut State University and a Curatorial Affiliate for Herpetology at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Dora is interested in evolutionary topics especially related to reproductive biology of snakes and turtle ecology. She is also strongly interested in science education.
Jensen Reckhow is an undergraduate student working as a Museum Assistant. She performs a wide array of duties for the Division and is in the Yale Class of 2013.
Ingrid Rochon is an undergraduate student working as a Museum Assistant. Her duties are primarilly within the fluid-preserved collection of fishes, amphibians and reptiles and she is in the Yale class of 2013.
Erin Ragheb volunteers in the Vertebrate Zoology Division and prepares specimens for the Ornithology collection.
Catherine Doyle-Capitman is a graduate student in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is in the Class of 2013. Her work in the Vertebrate Zoology Division mostly involves the egg and nest collection as well as osteology specimens of birds and mammals.
Alexandra Neinast is a graduate student in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science and is a Student Museum Assistant in Division of Vertebrate Zoology. She prepares mammals skeletons and is in the Yale class of 2013.
Greg Watkins-Colwell is Collection Manager of Herpetology and Ichthyology within the Division of Vertebrate Zoology.
Elyse Parker is an undergraduate student who works in the Ichthyology collection. She sorts, identifies and catalogs fish specimens and has recently been working with the deep sea specimens from Bear Seamount. Elyse is in the Yale Class of 2015.
Divya is an undergraduate working in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology. Her insterests relate to conservation. She works mostly with the herpetology and ichthyology collection. Divya is in the Yale Class of 2014.
Max is a graduate student in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Class of 2013). He works in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology in the herpetology and ichthyology collection.
Alex is a graduate student in the Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies School (Class of 2014). He works in the collection sorting, identifying and cataloging the herpetology and ichthyology collections.