I am currently a 2nd year master’s student in SNRE majoring in conservation ecology. Prior to U-M, I did my undergraduate degree in biology at Indiana University. I have always been involved in some kind of research but my research interests have changed over the years. In undergrad, I did research in a biochemistry lab on the interaction between a retinoblastoma gene (RB) mutation and brome mosaic virus (BMV) in tobacco plants. As you might guess, I did not get to choose the topic of research then but the opportunity to learn lab techniques was something I could not pass up.
You've probably never seen a bird like this before.
SNRE students have -- during a three-hour ornithology lab (EEB/NRE 433) where each student got to prepare their own study skin, the technical term for an animal that is prepared and stored for the purpose of scientific research.
Unlike taxidermied mounts, study skins are unposed and arranged in neat rows inside of airtight cabinets, usually inside of a natural history museum where they can stay for 200 years or more.