Young visitors and a museum educator examine a teaching specimen together in the Grainger Science Hub

Meet a Scientist: Mariana Herrera

Event summary


9/22, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Part of the series: Meet a Scientist


Included with admission


About this event

Stop in and learn about the amazing world of lichens.

Join us as Postdoctoral Researcher Mariana Herrera shares her work about the ecological importance of fungi. Herbarium specimens collected in Latin America will help illustrate the diversity of fungi and their roles in the ecosystem.

This event is part of our celebration of Latinx Heritage Month and work done by Latinx staff and collaborators at the Field.

Scientists, researchers, and collections managers are behind the scenes every day, uncovering new information and taking care of our collection.

During Meet a Scientist, you can find them in the Grainger Science Hub. They'll discuss their work and share real items from the museum’s collection of nearly 40 million objects. From collections care to field work, and dinosaurs to ecology, there’s a world of science to explore.

Visit the Science Hub on select weekdays for an up-close look at what our researchers do every day.