Bloggers

Adrienne (1)

Adrienne is the Director of the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Sugar Land.

Adrienne
Allison (34)

After volunteering at HMNS since 1993, Allison joined HMNS full time in 2003. Her current job responsibilities include curating the education collections and keeping the summer camp classrooms stocked with materials, facilitating Education special events, and coordinating the Museum’s overnight program. In her “spare time” she volunteers with the Junior League of Houston and spends her time in artistic pursuits.

Allison
Amanda (9)

Amanda is responsible for TEKS based curriculum development as well as leading the teams tasked with marketing, scheduling, and hosting field trips from the 53 area school districts that regularly visit the museum. She also helps create staff development classes for educators seeking to meet state requirements for their teacher or gifted and talented certifications. Amanda taught Texas and U.S. History for over seven years in Fort Bend ISD. Amanda has a degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin.

Amanda
Amy C (1)

Amy is the Director of Corporate Giving at HMNS.

Amy C
Amy P (23)

Amy is the Director of Adult Education at HMNS.

Amy P
Bob (62)

The Museum’s Curator of Paleontology, world-renowned Dr. Robert T. Bakker (or, as some call him, Bob) is the leader of the handful of iconoclastic paleontologists who rewrote the book on dinosaurs three decades ago. Along with other noted paleontologists, Bakker has changed the image of dinosaurs from slow-moving, slow-witted, cold-blooded creatures to — at least in some cases — warm-blooded giants well-equipped to dominate the Earth for 200 million years. Dr. Bakker can be found all over the globe, notably leading the Museum’s paleontology field program.

Bob
Brandon (0)

Brandon is the Museum’s web .NET/VB, PHP and AS developer and designer. He loves learning new programming languages and pushing the envelope with the Museum’s web endeavors. Aside from being a programming perfectionist, he loves his job and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Brandon
Carolyn L (9)

Carolyn coordinates the Science on Stage outreach program at HMNS and will blog about science toys and experiments, logic puzzles, and whatever else seems interesting at the time.

Carolyn L
Carolyn S (17)

Carolyn is VP of astronomy for the Museum; she develops Planetarium shows for the Museum that tour all over the world, developed the very first Challenger Learning Center and runs the Museum’s George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park. In her spare time, she does research in the field of archaeoastronomy, which attempts to replicate the night sky at critical moments in history.

Carolyn S
Celeste (1)

Celeste is the Butterfly Rearing Coordinator in the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Celeste
Christine (18)

Christine manages the live animal collection, teaches weekday dissection labs and summer camp classes, and presents Wildlife on Wheels programs. It has been said that she is “usually carrying something interesting.”

Christine
Claire (14)

As Director of Wiess Energy Hall Programming, Claire coordinates energy education activities for schools, universities and business; promotes energy-related events, and generally works on spreading the word about the Wiess Energy Hall, the premiere energy resource worldwide. Check out her posts for all things energy – from the “Big Bang” to sustainability.

Claire
Dan (27)

As curator of vertebrate zoology, Dr. Brooks has more backbone(s) than anyone at the Museum! He is recognized internationally as the authority on Cracids – the most threatened family of birds in the Americas. With an active research program studying birds and mammals of Texas and the tropics, Brooks advises several grad students internationally.

At HMNS, Brooks served as project manager of the world-renowned Frensley-Graham Hall of African Wildlife, overseeing building by an incredibly diverse array of talent by some 50 individuals. He has also created and/or served as curator for various traveling exhibits, including “Cracids: on Wings of Peril”.

Dan
Daniel (67)

An inveterate punster, amateur chef, and fencer, Daniel B has a double degree in History and Museum Science from Baylor. He currently serves as the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Wiess Energy Hall and Adult Education at HMNS.

Daniel
David (22)

David is the Museum’s associate curator of paleontology. In addition to running the Museum’s dig program in Seymour, TX and curating exhibits, he’s also unofficial head of The Department of Mysteries, a shadow wing of HMNS that deals with strange goo, unusual fossils, mysterious substances or any other unknown object you’d like to know what to do with.

David
Deserae (1)

Deserae is the manager of the Birthday Parties program at HMNS.

Deserae
Dirk (102)

As curator of anthropology, Dirk is responsible for the museum’s artifact collection and is involved in its temporary and permanent anthropology exhibits.

Dirk is an expert in human cultures; he curates the Museum’s Hall of the Americas and specializes in native American cultures like the Aztec and Maya.

Dirk
Donna (18)

Despite many childhood visits to HMNS, Donna was clueless that she would have a career here as a registrar instead of as a world famous ballerina. She has worked so long in the Collections Department that it must be more than a quirky, passing phase. When not processing new acquisitions into the permanent collections, peppering the curators with questions, or making people put on gloves, Donna can be found in a dance class, a bell tower, at a dance performance, or reading a book.

Donna
Emily (2)

Emily is a Development Associate at HMNS.

Emily
Erin B (263)

Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.

Erin B
Erin M (52)

As an entomologist at the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Erin designs, creates, and maintains exhibits for the Entomology Hall, raises and cares for live insects and insect relatives, and educates the public about the wonderful world of bugs.

Erin M
Gary (1)

Gary works in Visitor Services as a Discovery Tour Guide. While not a native Texan, “Gorgasaurus Gary” happily fell in love with Texas in San Angelo where he met his wife. During his childhood Gary was raised in a military household where he picked up an appreciation for the complexity of nature and the diversity of life in different locations. Gary is a huge fan of all of our museum’s collections but he will attest that his favorites are our Didelphodon, Cretaceous Tazzie and our Malacology Hall. Gary can typically be found energetically talking about a multitude of various scientific subjects all while trying to amuse and educate our guests at the same time.

Gary
Guest Contributor (33)

From distinguished lecturers to scientific scholars to visiting curators to volunteers to leaders in their respective fields, we often invite guest authors to contribute content to our blog. You’ll find a wealth of information written by these fascinating individuals as we seek to expand your level of knowledge with every post.

Guest Contributor
Ivan (14)

Ivan is the Director of Marketing at HMNS, and he writes whenever the feeling strikes him.

Ivan
James (124)

James is the Planetarium Astronomer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He teaches students every school morning in the planetarium, and also answers astronomy questions from the public.

James
Jennifer (2)

Jennifer is the Divisional Merchandise Manager for the Museum Stores.

Jennifer
Jessi (1)

Jessi is the Youth Education Sales Marketing Coordinator at HMNS.

Jessi
Joel (18)

Not only is Joel the President of the Museum, he’s also a curator. He has the rare distinction of having held almost every job here – including security guard, back before his museum career took him to distinguished posts all across the country. At HMNS, he built our outstanding collection of gems and minerals and the world-renowned Wiess Energy Hall before being appointed President in July 2004. Since, he’s brought us Lucy, Leonardo and…check back here for his updates on the next big things coming up.

Joel
Josh (3)

Josh is the Facilities Manager at the George Observatory.

Josh
Kat (42)

Kat has been both the spokesperson for the CSI: The Experience exhibit and project manager for the Imperial Rome exhibit and has a love of all things historical and cultural. She is responsible for the Xplorations summer camp program, coordinating weekday labs during the school year, writing department curriculum and presenting at teacher trainings. Kat has worked at the Museum since 1996.

Kat
Kelly (2)

Kelly grew up in the very small South Texas town of San Perlita. Kelly’s passion for science, communication and technology led her to her dream job at HMNS. Her days are filled with managing the museum’s website, email marketing and learning as much as she can about history and science.

Kelly
Kelsey (6)

Kelsey started working at the Museum through Xplorations summer camp, and this fall she started working as a programs facilitator. She is a presenter for several outreach programs, assists with overnight programs, and assists with education collections during summer camp. Her favorite dinosaur is a Triceratops found at HMNS Sugar Land. The Triceratops is also named “Kelsey.”

Kelsey
Lauren G (1)

Lauren is the Special Events Coordinator at HMNS.

Lauren G
Lauren W (1)

Lauren is an entomologist in the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Lauren W
Melodie (10)

Melodie is a Public Relations Consultant at HMNS.

Melodie
Nancy (64)

Nancy is Director of the Cockrell Butterfly Center and curator of entomology. A plant ecologist by training, she specializes in the interaction between insects, especially butterflies, and plants. The tropics are her favorite habitat, and she heads south to Central and South America whenever possible.

Nancy
Neal (2)

Neal Immega is a geologist and HMNS Master Docent. He loves to collect fossils and specializes in crinoids.

Neal
Nicole (46)

Nicole has worked for HMNS in some capacity since 1996, whether part-time, full-time or as a volunteer. She taught for seven years in public school, including four years in Fort Bend and a short stint overseas. While she never taught science, she was always the teacher called when someone needed to remove a swarm of bees, catch a snake in the playground, or get the bat off the ceiling of the cafeteria.

Nicole
Paul (8)

Paul Bernhard has been actively involved with the Museum’s Wiess Energy Hall for fifteen years, but he still doesn’t know how to assess the influence of the Boycott effect on drilling mud flow, or even how to calculate the Gibbs free energy of PEMFP fuel cells. Nonetheless, due to sheer longevity, Bernhard has become the spokesman for all things energy-related at the Museum. His blog will reflect this.

Paul
Peggy (6)

Peggy is the Director of the George Observatory.

Peggy
Soni (6)

Soni is the Greenhouse Manager and Horticulturist for the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Her job consists of maintaining the support greenhouses for the CBC, organizing plant sales, leading outreach programs, assisting with the butterfly rearing program, and spreading enthusiasm for butterfly gardening. She earned a B.S. in Horticulture from Texas A&M University and she got her first experience at the Museum as a summer intern for the CBC.

Soni
Tom (1)

Tom Hardwick is Consulting Curator of the Hall of Ancient Egypt at HMNS. He studied Egyptology as an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Oxford. He has worked as Keeper of Egyptology at Bolton Museum in the UK, as a researcher in the Wilbour Library of Egyptology in Brooklyn Museum, and as an Egyptologist in the Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo, where he now lives. Tom is a specialist in Egyptian art, the history of collecting, and in the forgery of works of art.

Tom
Vincent (57)

Vincent is the Copywriter at HMNS.

Vincent
Zac (16)

Zac joined the museum in January after returning to Houston from a stint studying plants in Hawaii. He is the full-time horticulturist for the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and is in charge of daily maintenance and design for the rainforest exhibit. Zac specializes in tropical plants, particularly epiphytes, and his duties in the rainforest range from feeding all of the plants and animals to hand pollinating some of the tropical fruits, such as vanilla and cacao.

Zac

 
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