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Dr. Denise Mayer

Malacology Collections Manager, Director of Museum’s Field Research Laboratory (Cambridge)

Ph.D., Biology, 2011, University at Albany-SUNY
B.S., Biology, 1992, University at Wisconsin-Superior

My research focuses on the exotic and native freshwater molluscs in New York.  Mollusc communities are important for the healthy functioning of freshwater ecosystems and can make up a majority of the biomass within an ecosystem.  My efforts focus on informing people about the fascinating animals that live on the bottoms of our lakes and rivers as well as conducting scientific studies to add to our knowledge of freshwater mussels and snails in New York.  Specifically, I enjoy monitoring the recovery of populations following ecological disturbance and areas that have never or have not recently been investigated.