Wonderful Women Wednesday: Dr. Karen Osborn

Each week, the Archives features a woman who has been a groundbreaker at the Smithsonian, past or present, in a series titled Wonderful Women Wednesday.

Dr. Karen Osborn is a research zoologist and curator of Annelids and Peracarids at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where she has studied the evolutionary biology of life, specifically pelagic invertebrates, in the deep, open ocean since 2011.

In 2007, she earned her Ph.D. in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Osborn also holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Andrews University and a master’s degree in biology from Western Washington University.

Karen Osborn examines a jar of water. She is on a ship. A body of water is in the background. Equipm

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