Bentley Bird

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Bentley Bird working with the Scientific Artwork Collection.

Collection Registration Officer

Background

Bentley received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida where she discovered her interest in birds. Global classroom ecology trips to Costa Rica furthered her curiosity in learning more about these feathered namesakes. After internships in shark conservation and a research project exercising lizards on tiny lizard treadmills, a year-long university exchange in Darwin brought Bentley to Australia for the first time. When she completed her time at the University of Florida in 2010, she came right back.

After a customer service stint at Museum Victoria’s Tutankhamun exhibition, Bentley started volunteering in the Marine Invertebrate Collection under the guidance of Melanie Mackenzie, registering (and counting) crustaceans in the order Cumacea. Soon after, Bentley volunteered with the bird team on the MV Grampians Bioscan in 2012. Shortly after, she began volunteering in the Vertebrate Collection as well, mostly with the Ornithology Collection.

When the MV Australian Alpine Bioscan came up in 2013, Bentley was ready for her second big field trip as part of the Ornithology team led by Dr Karen Rowe. This time Bentley was able to prepare birds in the field, something she had been eager to learn.

After two years of volunteering, Bentley got a job with Museum Victoria as a Collection Registration Officer.

Current activities

Most of Bentley’s days at the museum are spent registering gastropods found in Port Phillip Bay and swooning over the scientific artwork - another one of her passions, particularly artwork of birds. Working in the museum's collections is the best job she's ever had. In her days off, Bentley has taken to the Ornithology lab and is perfecting her bird preparation skills.

Last updated 17 March 2014

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