Staff Scientists

Jann E. Vendetti, Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research
B.A. Biology and Geology, Colgate University, 2001
Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
Postdoctoral Researcher, California State University, Los Angeles, 2010-2014

Jann joined the Malacology department in 2014. She studies the evolutionary biology and systematics of marine whelks in the gastropod family Buccinidae, marine sea slugs called sacoglossans, and (more recently) terrestrial gastropods of Southern California. Jann considers herself primarily an evolutionary biologist and malacologist, with research experience and interest in invertebrate paleontology.

Lindsey T. Groves, Collections Manager
M.S. Geology, California State University, Northridge, 1991
B.S. Geology, Northern Arizona University, 1983

In 1988, Lindsey came to the Museum as a Curatorial Assistant on a National Science Foundation (NSF) collection grant. Back then he was also pursuing his M.S. in geology with an emphasis on molluscan paleontology at California State University, Northridge. After completing his thesis he was promoted to Project Manager to assist on a subsequent NSF grant to begin collection computerization. When the Malacology and Invertebrate Paleontology (IP) Departments merged together in 1993 Lindsey was promoted to Collections Manager for both sections. Then in 2002 when a new IP Collections Manager was hired he returned to the Malacology Department full time. Current projects include streamlining the collection database for its transition to a more thorough and easily searchable online database, as well as handling loans, research visitors, and questions from the public.