Our Team

Bronwyn W. Williams, Ph.D.

Research Curator, Non-molluscan Invertebrates

…crayfishes, branchiobdellidans, and entocytherids, living together…mass hysteria! I am interested in understanding the evolutionary patterns and processes that have shaped the diversity of each of these three groups of organisms independently as well as in a community context, e.g., the evolution of the symbiosis. I use an integrative research approach, applying and merging tools and concepts from across several disciplines, including taxonomy, population genetics, phylogeography, and ecology.

Megan excitedly holds a giant isopod

Megan I. McCuller

Collections Manager, Non-molluscan Invertebrates

My focus is on systematics and diversity of the Bryozoa (moss animals) with a broad interest in marine invertebrates, invasive species, and historical ecology. I use recent and historical collections to learn more about bryozoan diversity (“bryodiversity”), primarily in the Northwest Atlantic, but I have also worked on projects based in various parts of the Pacific, including Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, and Japan.

Megan’s recent posts:

Ian Cook

Project Technician, PA SWG

Ian is a recent graduate from North Carolina State University with a degree in Coastal Resources. He joined the Non-Molluscan Invertebrate team in May 2017 and has recently shifted from lead technician on our Unit’s Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant (conservation and digitization of marine invertebrates in the NMI Collection) to our Pennsylvania State Wildlife Grant focused on an integrative taxonomic approach to understanding a complex complex of crayfish species complexes (all complexity intended). Ian is a highly talented photographer, and applies his skills to imaging a multitude of specimens in the Collection for outreach and education purposes. Ian is interested specifically in marine crustaceans. Additionally, he is working on a research project with Dr. Williams examining hybrid zone dynamics in the virile crayfish. 

Barbara Teague


Barbara is a senior at Meredith College where she is studying Biology. Her area of interests include – separately and in combination – marine, invertebrates, and conservation biology. She worked for two years under our IMLS grant on specimen photography, education and outreach (including via our various social media platforms), digitizing, rehousing, and specimen conservation. Barbara is also driving two main research projects focused on crayfish symbionts.

Emili Wallace


Emili is a current high school Biology and Forensics teacher in Wake County. She graduated with a BA in Biology from UNC Chapel Hill and is working on her Masters in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. Previously, Emili has been an intern for the NC Natural Science Museum as the Student Programs Assistant in the education and outreach department. She now serves as an intern with Dr. Bronwyn Williams and Megan McCuller in conjunction with the NCMNS Naturalist Center. Her project focuses on 3D printing and painting models of the NMI collections to enhance museum visitor interaction with the 1001 Jars Initiative. Her goal is to connect museum visitors with the amazing NMI collection!

Cessely Gordon


Cessely graduated from UNC Wilmington with a degree in Marine Biology; it was during this time that she developed her interest in marine invertebrates. As a volunteer for the NMI Unit, she assists in identifying and cataloging associate taxa, which are the many and varied organisms that co-occur in a jar with a particular “parent” specimen. (Think symbionts, or alternatively happenstance association.) She is also interested in conservation, helping others to better understand their natural world and how to protect it.

Pam Forshey


Pam is keenly interested in the seen and unseen natural world. As a volunteer for the NMI Unit, she is actively involved with the collection, fieldwork, and outreach. Pam’s goal – in part driven by her background as a teacher – is to never stop learning!

Emmy Delekta

M.S. Student

Emmy first joined the NMI Unit in 2018 via a summer internship as a rising senior at West Liberty University. She is currently a Masters student at WLU, working with Dr. Zac Loughman, Dr. Matt Zdilla, and Dr. Bronwyn Williams. Emmy’s project is multifaceted, in part using trait-based characteristics in combination with geometric morphometric approaches to help define functional ecological guilds for burrowing crayfishes.

Trish Weaver

Collaborator, Affiliate, and Project Schemer

By day Trish is a mild mannered Collections Manager of Geology/Paleontology at The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. However, on nights when the moon is full, Trish sprouts a wild hair and becomes a researcher of entocytherid ostracods. Her secret weapon is an ability to recognize false mating as a worthwhile, if not somewhat questionable, topic for discussion in bars and at the dinner table. She also has an inordinate fondness for chitin. Her kryptonite is taxonomy and making slide maps.

Trish’s recent posts:

Greg Skupien

Curator of the Naturalist Center

As Curator of the Naturalist Center, Greg is responsible for maintaining a diverse collection of more than 20,000 specimens in a facility that serves as a “front of the house” public-friendly view into the Museum’s “back of the house” collections. Greg is a primary collaborator on our 1001 Jars Initiative, and does a phenomenal job integrating our 3D models, photos, and (sometimes) wild and crazy ideas into the Naturalist Center’s educational programming and activities.

Cindy Lincoln, Ph.D.

Coordinator (Head) of the Naturalist Center

Cindy joined the Museum in 2013. She has a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences & Genetics from Indiana University and, in an earlier career, spent over 15 years as a research scientist and instructor at several universities including Duke where she created and managed an undergraduate biology teaching laboratory. As a North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator, Cindy worked at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center and Annie Wilkinson Nature Preserve in Raleigh, NC. In addition to managing the Naturalist Center, and trying to rein in some members of the NMI Unit (we won’t say who), Cindy contributes to Museum-wide programming and assists with speaker series such as Science Café, Science Saturdays and Lunchtime Discovery.

  • Noelia Rodriguez – intern
  • Mack Whiting – volunteer
  • Arshi Mahajan – volunteer
  • Greg Myers – M.S. student

Former Lab Members

2015-16Janice Edwards
2015-16Sheree Worrell
2016Keri Gillfillan (née Shelton)
2016Missy Hahn
2016Zachary Dillard
2016-17Melyssa Minto
2016-17Joanna Cox
2016-17Raquel Fischer
2018Emmy Delekta
2017-19Anderson Woodson
2018-19Alli Schumacher
2016-20Laura Lukas