Coronavirus, Regenerative Agriculture and Renewable Energy

I’ve written recently about our pressing need to think globally about wet markets and the bushmeat trade. Aside from their devastating impact on wildlife, these practices are superhighways for diseases to enter the human population, with catastrophic effects to health and the global economy. While we’re currently experiencing this with Covid-19, it’s also been the … More Coronavirus, Regenerative Agriculture and Renewable Energy

Pandemics: Our Complex Relationship with Animals

Just a couple of weeks after the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, which was meant to engage the world in “a billion acts of green,”  saw us focusing instead on a global Coronavirus pandemic catalyzed, it would seem, by eating wild animals (most likely bats) from so-called “wet markets” in Wuhan (if you follow the … More Pandemics: Our Complex Relationship with Animals

Tanning a Kangaroo, the Old Fashioned Way

Like a lot of people, the global pandemic has made me think about our relationship to nature. What might life look under the combined effects of climate destabilization, disease, and other environmental stressors (wrapped up nicely in the concept of planetary boundaries)? Could we expect, in the wake of a global population vastly reduced by … More Tanning a Kangaroo, the Old Fashioned Way

Dioramas, Red-Footed Boobies and Changing Times in Coastal Belize

This is my final blog post related to Carnegie Museum of Natural History, finishing up with a topic that has interested me for the last four-and-a-half years. Natural history habitat dioramas can provide passage to another place, and another time. In 1932 the artisans at Carnegie Museum of Natural History created this habitat diorama “Red … More Dioramas, Red-Footed Boobies and Changing Times in Coastal Belize

From Pittsburgh to Raleigh: A New Chapter

Early in 2020, I will have the enormous privilege to be taking on the role of Director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It’s located in Raleigh, is the oldest established museum in North Carolina and the largest museum of its kind in the Southeastern United States. It’s also Raleigh’s largest tourist attraction, … More From Pittsburgh to Raleigh: A New Chapter

On Becoming Human

I’m enjoying a rare opportunity to indulge in a little bit of curation. At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, we are putting up a new display on human evolution called Becoming Human and I’m working with our wonderful exhibitions team to work through the various stages of its development. It’s going to be installed next … More On Becoming Human

Sustainability, Earth Day, & Hope for the Future

I have just accepted a very exciting invitation – to be on the Earth Day 50th Anniversary Global Advisory Committee, joining an incredible list of active supporters of the planet’s environment, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Cousteau, and Alan Horn, Chief Creative Office and Co-Chairman of Walt Disney Studios. The invitation to be … More Sustainability, Earth Day, & Hope for the Future