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.
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.
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Amy is the Director of Corporate Giving at HMNS.
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Amy is the Director of Adult Education at HMNS.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Celeste is the Butterfly Rearing Coordinator in the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
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.”
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.
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”.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Erin is the Director of Business Development at HMNS. In a past life, she was a public relations and online marketing dynamo at HMNS.
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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.
Fayza is the Director of Social Media at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, which means she plays around online all day and gets paid for it. Kinda. If you’re talking to HMNS on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social network, chances are, you’re talking to her. Her inner geek is pretty much her outer geek, and she loves everything about learning – and sharing that with you.
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.
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From distinguished lecturers to scientific scholars to visiting curators 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 knowledge base with every post.
Ivan is the Director of Marketing at HMNS, and he writes whenever the feeling strikes him.
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.
Jennifer is the Divisional Merchandising Manager for Retail Sales at the HMNS Museum Store.
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.
Josh is the Facilities Manager at the George Observatory.
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.
Kelly grew up in the very small South Texas town of San Perlita (population 500) and graduated high school with in a class of a whopping 15 students. After attending Texas A&M University and studying wildlife and fisheries science, Kelly worked in the Zoo and Conservation field for over 15 years. However, it was soon apparent that her passion for communication, online marketing and technology would eventually lead her to her current position of Director of Web Marketing at HMNS. Now her days are filled with managing the museum’s website, email marketing and learning as much as she can about dinosaurs, history and science.
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.”
Lauren is an entomologist in the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
Leslie’s love for special events started at the age of 9 after taking on the challenge of planning her mom’s birthday party. After planning events for friends and throughout college at Dillard University, she found herself at HMNS in 2005. Currently as the Assistant Director of Special Events, she has had an opportunity to work on some of Houston’s top events and exhibit openings. The part she most enjoys about event planning is taking a vision and seeing it come to life. “Planning an event is like writing a story,” says Leslie. “Every piece has to make sense.”
Melodie is the Director of Public Relations here at the Museum.
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.
Neal Immega is a geologist and HMNS Master Docent. He loves to collect fossils and specializes in crinoids.
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.
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.
Peggy is the Director of the Challenger Learning Center at the George Observatory.
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.
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.
Vincent is the Copywriter at HMNS.
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.
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