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Chris Beard, Semior Curator and Foundation Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas.
Senior Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institue & Natural History Museum., Foundation Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas.
785.864.4185
Dyche Hall

Dr. Beard is a vertebrate paleontologist interested in the origin and early evolution of primates and how changes in the Earth’s physical environment have impacted Cenozoic mammals.

Susan Earle, Curator of European & American Art, Spencer Museum of Art.
Curator of European & American Art, Spencer Museum of Art
785.864.0144
Maria Eifler, Collections Manager at the Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum in Lawrence, Kansas.
Collection Manager of Mammalogy, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
785.864.6989
Dyche Hall, PSB
Michael Engel, Senior Curator of Entomology at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.
Senior Curator of Entomology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum., University Distinguished Professor
785.864.2319
Public Safety Building

Michael S. Engel presently works on entomological books and, time permitting, smaller projects in bee taxonomy.  His list of publications may be found at: http://publicationslist.org/m.s.engel 

Kris Ercums, Curator of Global Contemporary & Asian Art at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Curator of Global Contemporary & Asian Art, Spencer Museum of Art
785.864.0143
Rich Glor, Associate Curator of Herpetology at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.
Associate Curator of Herpetology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
785.864.6875
Dyche Hall

Richard E. Glor joined KU Herpetology as an Associate Curator in the Fall of 2013. Glor's interest in herpetology extends to his earliest memories. 

Conservation Services (Mellon Initiative), Kenneth Spencer Research Library
785-864-7747
Bruce Lieberman, Senior Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institue & Natural History Museum.
Senior Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institue & Natural History Museum, Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
785.864.2741
Dyche Hall, Room 701A

Dr. Lieberman is a paleobiologist whose research focuses on studying macroevolutionary patterns and processes using the fossil record.

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Curator of Global Indigenous Art at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Curator of Global Indigenous Art, Spencer Museum of Art
785.864.5253
Laura Moher, Exhibits Developer at the Kansas University Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.
Exhibits Developer, Kansas University Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
785-864-2300
Spooner Hall
Greg Ornay, Exhibits Designer, Kansas University Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.
Exhibits Designer, Kansas University Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
785.864.3573
Dyche Hall
Joey Orr, Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Researchat the Spencer Museum of Art.
Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research, Spencer Museum of Art
785.864.7686
Town Peterson, Senior Curator of Ornithology at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.
Senior Curator of Ornithology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum, University Distinguished Professor
785.864.3926
Dyche Hall

Dr. Town Peterson's focuses on aspects of the geography of biodiversity with a focus on tropical ornithology and systematics.

Mark Robbins, Collections Manager of Ornithology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.
Collections Manager of Ornithology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
785.864.3657
Dyche Hall

Mark is an evolutionary biologist with special interest in birds.  He has been a collection manager of two major ornithological collections over the past 33 years. The initial eleven years were at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, and since 1993, he has been at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute. 

Lori Schlenker, Collections and Facilities Coordinator, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum.
Collections and Facilities Coordinator, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
785.864.2343
Dyche Hall
Megan Sims, Collection Manager of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
Collection Manager of Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum
785.864.0653
Dyche Hall, Room 318D
Deborah Smith, Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas
785-864-4340
Haworth Hall, 3038

Dr. Smith's research combines molecular systematics with the study of social arthropods. I am particularly interested in the systematics, population biology and biogeography of honey bees (Apis) and social spiders (Anelosimus & Stegodyphus).

Senior Scientist, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History
Jorge Soberón, Senior Scientist at the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History.
785.864.3897
Dyche Hall

Dr. Jorge Soberón is mainly interested in documenting and understanding large-scale spatial patterns in the biodiversity of terrestrial species. When he is not working, it is likely that he will be walking outside Lawrence with Tita his wife and their dog, or reading (Medieval History, Physics for non-physicists, or novels). He also tries, somewhat unsuccessfully, to illuminate mansucripts using medieval methods, motives and materials.

Andrew W. Mellon Director of Public Practice, Education, and Research at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Celka Straughn, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Public Practice, Education, and Research, Spencer Museum of Art
785.864.0136
Director of Education & Interpretation, Spencer Museum of Art
Kristina Walker, Director of Education & Interpretation at the Spencer Museum of Art
785.864.0137
Angela Watts, Collections Manager at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Collection Manager, Spencer Museum of Art
785.864.0137


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