Project Staff

Contact for the MVZ Archives:

Original CLIR and IMLS project staff (2012 – 2018):

Carla Cicero – Principal Investigator
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Carla Cicero recording Sage Sparrows (Artemisiospiza belli) near Mono Lake, California, in June 2012.

Carla Cicero recording Sage Sparrows (Artemisiospiza belli) near Mono Lake, California, in June 2012.

As the Staff Curator of Birds, Carla is primarily responsible for managing the MVZ bird and sound collections. However, she also was co-PI on the archival CLIR grant and has been co-managing the archives with Michelle Koo for the past few years. In addition, she helps manage the museum’s collection management information system Arctos, and was a PI on VertNet. Carla’s research program focuses on understanding evolutionary patterns and processes of genetic, morphologic, and vocal differentiation in birds of western North America.

Carla earned both her B.S. (1981) and Ph.D (1993) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Michelle S. Koo – Principal Investigator
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Michelle is the Biodiversity Informatics & GIS Staff Curator at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), University of California at Berkeley. She manages the Biodiversity Informatics Lab at MVZ, the MVZ Archives and the collections database Arctos, and now serves as Chair of the Arctos Working Group. She was a collaborator on several informatics projects such as VertNet and the Keck Informatic Engine through the Berkeley Initiative on Global Change Biology. She is currently the Associate Director of AmphibiaWeb. Her research includes mapping endemism hotspots and regions of rapid evolutionary diversification in terrestrial vertebrates of California, working on the Grinnell Resurvey Project, and applying spatial analysis to understanding the biogeography, ecological niche and phylogeography of vertebrates.


Christina V. Fidler – Museum Archivist

Christina Fidler in front of a cabinet of MVZ bound field notes.

Christina Fidler in front of a cabinet of MVZ bound field notes.

Christina was hired as the archivist for the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology’s (MVZ) CLIR grant, The Hidden Collections Project. She managed the cataloging, processing, preservation, and organization of the museum’s archival collections. Her interests are in linking archival resources and description with related museum collections. Christina previously worked at the California Academy of Sciences as the Digital Projects Coordinator and as the Project Manager for the Academy Library’s IMLS Grant, Connecting Content.

She now works for the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

Christina received her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science. She completed her B.A. in English at Humboldt State University.

Kira L. Dodd – Archival Project Coordinator

First introduced to the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) as an undergraduate working on archival digitization projects, Kira served as the project coordinator for the MVZ Archives’ CLIR grant. In addition to assisting the Museum Archivist in the management of the MVZ’s archival collections, she also oversaw archival digitization activities and managed student volunteers from the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP).

Kira earned her B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and an M.A. in Public History at California State University, Sacramento.

Kira now works at the State of California Archives.

Greg Borman – Museum Scientist Assistant

As the Assistant for the MVZ Archives, Greg’s primary role involved making field notes, correspondence, annotated maps, and related materials more accessible to researchers. He was responsible for creating and enhancing finding aids for MVZ Archives collections that are uploaded onto the Online Archive of California’s (OAC) website. Greg also was involved with preservation and storage needs.

Prior to arriving at the MVZ Archives, Greg worked with cataloging/metadata projects at several institutions. He also volunteered with the California Academy of Sciences, organizing and describing archival materials at the former temporary Howard Street location. Greg received his M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University in 2009.

He works for Bepress, a consulting company.

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