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I have written a number of books on natural heritage, short fiction for children, as well as scholarly articles on the ecology of waterbirds.

My most recent book was an edited work, The Future of Natural History Museums, published by Routledge in 2018, where the industry is going in the next twenty to fifty years. See more about my writing here.


I’m interested in natural history, art, ethics and culture, and especially how these things fit together. I was the founding co-host of the podcast A is for Anthropocene, Living in the Age of Humanity.


I am Director and CEO of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh. I also sit on the Executive Board of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and serve on the ICOM Ethics Committee.

Before this, I was Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and before that, I was Director of Whanganui Regional Museum and Ward Observatory in New Zealand. I am Past President of the ICOM Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (ICOM NATHIST).

I have held adjunct positions in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. and in the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).

You can find me on Linked In here.