As Curator of the Invertebrate Collections, Jean-Marc Gagnon has been involved in collections management for over 23 years. This work involves interacting with collection users such as scientists from other museums, universities and government departments and also the general public looking for information on specific species. The museum’s Invertebrate Collections contain more than a million dry specimens (insects, shells, crustaceans, echinoderms, sponges, etc.), and nearly half a million jarred samples preserved in ethanol or formaldehyde. As a marine ecologist by training, Jean-Marc also studies the biology and taxonomy of benthic species such as burrowing shrimps, lady crabs and giant file clams in the northwest Atlantic.