Staff Profile

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Leia Ui Dhalaigh

Research Assistant

Integrative Research Center

Leia is a research assistant for the Philippine Mammals Project. She designs scientific figures and maps for manuscripts and maintains the Philippine Mammals collections. Leia is also a member of the Communications team of the Field Museum Women in Science Steering Committee. 

As an undergraduate, Leia focused her studies on anthropology and biological sciences. Leia has done archaeological fieldwork in the Rio Bravo Conservation Area of Belize, excavating Mayan rural homes, cleaning/cataloging/curating artifacts, ceramic refitting, and paleoethnobotanical microscopy in the field laboratory.


Leia began her work at the Field Museum as an intern in the Collections Resource Center, mammals prep lab, where she learned how to prepare mammal study skins and skeletons for the museum’s collection. When Leia’s internship was completed, Leia remained as a volunteer in the prep lab, preparing specimens, photographing skulls for geometric morphometrics, and learning how the mammals collection is maintained.

Leia is now part of the Field Museum’s Integrative Research Center staff, working as a research assistant on the Philippine Mammals Project, with curator Lawrence Heaney. Read more about the Philippine Mammals Project.


Additional Information


Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, 2017

Professional affiliations

Field Museum Women in Science

Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology