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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 colonial 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 am co-host (with Dr Dan Dombrowski) of the podcast Love Nature.


I am Director and CEO of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh and have an active research program on cormorants, egrets, and other coastal waterbirds.

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 an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University and 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.