ABOUT THE CURATOR
Walter Meshaka, Senior Curator
AT THE MUSEUM
Walter E. Meshaka, Jr., Ph.D., senior curator of the section of
Zoology and Botany of the State Museum of Pennsylvania. As curator
of the Commonwealth’s holdings of animals and plants, I oversee
acquisitions, curation, and maintenance of collections, as well
as conduct museum-based research and various outreach endeavors
with the goal of enriching the understanding of Pennsylvania’s
present, I am conducting long-term mark-recapture studies on snakes
in western Pennsylvania and green frogs in central Pennsylvania.
Combined with examination of museum specimens, I can more effectively
understand regional differences in such life history parameters
as growth and activity. I am also interested in the community ecology
of paper wasps in Pennsylvania. This two-step study involves first
understanding which species of often superficially similar species
exist in Pennsylvania and secondly comparing the community structure
or make-up of the various species in relationship to habitat and
Zoology, University of South Florida, 1985.
M.S. Biology, Arkansas State University, 1987.
Ph.D. Biology, Florida International University, 1994.
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