Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer Thomas

Associate Collection Manager
Public Safety Building

Jennifer is the Associate Collection Manager for the Division of Entomology.  Her primary tasks include collection recuration, digitization, preservation, specimen preparation, as well as management of loans and accessions for the collection.  She also maintains and develops the collection database in Specify.  She oversees day-to-day division operations, trains and supervises undergraduate and graduate students working in the collection, assists visiting researchers, and participates in public programs with the Department of Public Education of the Natural History Museum.


Rust, J., Singh, H., Rana, R. S., McCann, T., Singh, L., Anderson, K., Sarkar, N., Nascimbene, P., Stebner, F., Thomas, J.C., Solórzano-Kraemer, M., Williams, C.J., Engel, M.S., Sahni, A., Grimaldi, D. 2010. Biogeographic and evolutionary implications of a diverse paleobiota in amber from the early Eocene of India. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107(43): 18360–18365.

Thomas, J.C. 2009. A preliminary molecular investigation of aleocharine phylogeny (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102(2): 189–195.

Williams, P.H., & J.C. Thomas. 2005. A bumblebee new to the New World: Bombus distinguendus (Hymenoptera: Apidae). The Canadian Entomologist 137(2): 158–162.


B.S. 2003 Organismal Biology (Orley “Chip” Taylor, advisor)
M.A. 2007 Entomology (J. Steve Ashe, Edward O. Wiley, advisors)


Genetics Lab (BIOL 405): 2004, 2006
Human Anatomy Lab (BIOL 241): 2005

Professional Presentations: 

An Introduction to Image Workflows and Associated Digitization Standards at SEMC, October 8, 2014, Leveraging Digitization Practices across Multiple Domains, University of California – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California. {Invited presentation}

SEMC is back on the World Wide Web – An Introduction to the new Specify 6 Web Portal, November 9th, 2013, Entomological Collections Network, Austin, Texas.

Pre-digitization Curation, April 25, 2013, Workshop for Digitizing Dried Insect Collections, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
{Invited presentation}

Entomology specimens develop dissociative identity disorder, November 10, 2012, Entomological Collections Network, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Specify 6 for Entomology Collections, November 12, 2011, Entomological Collections Network, Reno, Nevada.




Major Field Experience: 

OCEANIA: Aleutian Islands (Adak Is., Rat Is., Attu Is.), 2002–2003.

Professional Societies: 

Entomological Society of America
Entomological Collections Network
Kansas Entomological Society