Eric is Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History and a member of the Executive Board of the International National Council of Museums (ICOM). Dorfman completed a master’s degree through San Jose State University studying the behavioral ecology porpoises in Monterey Bay, California and a doctorate at The University of Sydney on scale-dependent habitat use of waterbirds in eastern and central Australia.
Dorfman is active in the natural history museum sector internationally, coauthoring the ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museum and Deputy Chair of the ICOM Ethics Committee. He is an author of several popular books on New Zealand natural history and climate change, as well as scholarly papers on museum education, public programming, Egyptology and the ecology of wetland birds. His most recent book The Future of Natural History Museums (Routledge 2018) is currently being translated into Chinese and Japanese.
Eric is a board member of the Executive Board of Visit Pittsburgh and an adjunct professor at University of Pittsburgh, where he is teaching a semester-long course in natural history museums in the School of History of Art and Architecture. He is also on the editorial board of Museum Worlds: Advances in Research. Prior to his current position, he was Director of Whanganui Regional Museum in New Zealand and lectured in the Museums and Heritage Studies Department of Victoria University of Wellington.
Recent Blog Posts
- It’s a little daunting contemplating finding something novel to write about cats, the unofficial mascot of the internet. But we’re thinking of getting one (or two), to add some fun – and a …Read More »
- By Eric Dorfman Much is being said within the museum industry about the definition of museums. ICOM is considering the current definition and whether it needs to be rethought. I think a review …Read More »
- By Eric Dorfman I’ve always loved this painting. Vertumnus looks serenely at the viewer, a slight smile making you think he knows something you’d like to. It’s a clever work of Mannerism, seamlessly …Read More »