Museum Curator

Dr. Silvia E. Pavan -


I was born and grew up in southeastern Brazil, completed part of my studies in Brazil and part in the USA, and started as the Vertebrate Museum Curator at Cal Poly Humboldt in Jan 2022.

I am broadly interested in biodiversity, and I work with fieldwork exploration and collections-based research to discover and describe species, and to understand species diversity and evolution. My research has been focused on different groups of mammals, especially marsupials and rodents. In my studies, I use distinct sources of evidence, including morphological and genomic data, to address questions in systematics, biogeography and evolution. I use both traditional tools, such as the collection and analyses of anatomical data from museum specimens, and modern methods to obtain DNA sequences from historical material deposited in scientific collections.

Student Assistant Curator

Shea Daly

shea holds a skeletonized dolphin ribcage and tail

Shea Daly has been working in the Vertebrate Museum since 2018 as a volunteer and now works as the student lead of the Prep Lab and resident large mammal preparator. As of fall 2022, she manages the museum's outreach as well as specimen preparation (which includes skinning, tanning, and skeletonizing), and volunteer opportunities.

Collections Manager

Vacant -Email for assistance with collections


Student Assistant Collections Manager

Tegan Alberts

Tegan maintains the research and teaching collections, assists with the Mammalogy lab, and supports the curator Dr. Pavan with museum maintence responsibilities. He processes accessions, organizes loans, and is passionate about pursuing a career in natural history museum collections.


Aviva Saadatfar 
Andrea Gonzalez-Goana
Christina Glitzow
Pricilla Aguirre
Samantha Talley
Shea Daly