My name is Carlie Harding, and I’ve had the privilege of working as a research assistant at the Frost Entomological Museum since early February. After calling Altoona, PA “home” for many years, I moved to State College to complete my B.S. in Animal Science here at Penn State University. I graduated in May 2014 and am pursuing graduate school at Washington State University for next year. This is my first blog post, and I hope to contribute many more!
My passion for science began in the midst of my early teen years after reading the nonfiction thriller, “The Hot Zone”. My desire to explore various areas of science lead me to pursue undergraduate research in a lab studying zombie ants. During this time I became actively involved in The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, attending seminars and related events.
Still wanting to gain experience working hands-on with animals (specifically exotic zoo animals), I accepted a post-graduate internship at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, OH. I could write a series of blog posts on my time there, but I’ll put it simply and say that it was truly wonderful. There’s nothing quite like waking up to giraffe most mornings.
At the Frost Entomological Museum, I initially began working alongside Emily– imaging the thousands of Odonata and Bombus specimens we have here at the museum. This process was brand new to me, but I quickly grew to enjoy it. Digitization has been temporarily put to a halt as the museum renovations have taken priority. It’s been exciting to see the workplace transform, but I’m looking forward to digitizing again.
I feel fortunate to be surrounded by a team of such intelligent people, and I look forward to continuing to learn from them. Until next time!