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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.


I’m interested in natural history, art, ethics and culture, and especially how these things fit together.


I am Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which aims to increase scientific and public understanding of the natural world and human cultures. I’m also an adjunct professor in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. and host of the podcast A is for Anthropocene, Living in the Age of Humanity. I sit on the Executive Board of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Before this, I was Director of Whanganui Regional Museum and Ward Observatory in New Zealand. I am also past President of the International Council of Museums Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History (ICOM NATHIST) and Vice Chair of the ICOM Ethics Committee.

You can find me on Linked In here.