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nameKarsten E. Hartel

Curatorial Associate/Collection Manager


Karsten Hartel has been at MCZ since January 1975. He is responsible for the daily supervision and maintenance of the extensive systematic fish collection during a time when the collection more than tripled in size (now 1.3 million specimens). As Curatorial Associate, his responsibilities include recataloguing, reidentifying and rearranging specimens, planning and overseeing collection renovations, corresponding with national and international scientists regarding requested loans or images, directing and/or assisting students and visiting scholars, identifying material from world-wide sources, supervising full-time and part-time assistants, preparing the electronic type-specimen catalogue, developing the larval fish collection, designing and initiating the specimen imaging project, and managing digitization of collections data.