Herbarium Digitization Technician
Tessa graduated with her B.S. in Ecology from the University of North Texas in Spring 2020. As an undergraduate she conducted research on habitat assessments of Painted Bunting nest sites. This is where her appreciation for not only wildlife but also for the delicate ecosystem that they depend on came from. Her research won her a first prize at the Texas SER conference in 2019. She joined the BRIT team in the Fall of 2020 as a part time Herbarium Digitization Technician. Her tasks include imaging, transcribing, and georeferencing over 15,000 specimens from the B.B. Harris Herbarium located in the Elm Fort Natural Heritage Museum on the UNT campus. This project is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. She is currently working on her M.S. Environmental Science degree at UNT. Her research thesis is based on studying the avian community and habitat assessments at the Bois D’Arc Lake’s mitigation site located at Riverby Ranch in Fannin County, Texas. The avian communities will be used as bioindicators to help assess these mitigation efforts. Her interests are mainly in Conservation Ecology, Wildlife Management, and just genuinely trying to make the world a better place.