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Janet R. Voight's picture
Associate Curator - Research Center
Year Started: 
1990
Introduction: 

Janet Voight, Associate Curator of Zoology, is a specialist in cephalopod mollusks, especially octopuses.  In terms of where she works, it is the deep sea.  If you work in the deep sea, there are times when you need to be a bit of a generalist, which is how Janet got interested in the wood-boring bivalves, the Xylophagaininae, and their apparent predators, the enigmatic echinoderm, Xyloplax.  Discovery reigns supreme in the deep sea, as we know less about it and the animals that live there than we do about the back side of the moon.  Janet's work is building the framework that offers to change that situation, that framework of course being based on specimens collected at sea, and available for study at The Field Museum.