The members of the Carnegie Discoverers share a passion for discovery and adventure and are enthusiastic supporters of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
“Founded in 2006, the principal purpose of the Carnegie Discoverers is to assist and support Carnegie Museum of Natural History in promoting its scientific, educational, and cultural missions and in the development of new and larger audiences for the institution.
Through a number of special events each year, Carnegie Discoverers explore and learn about many amazing facets of natural history. These opportunities afford our members a unique relationship with, and a keener appreciation of, Carnegie Museum of Natural History.”
Richard Moriarty, president
Speaker: Chase Mendenhall, Curator of Birds, Carnegie Museum of Natural History In recent decades, plants and animals have revealed far more body and behavior diversity than Darwin ever imagined, especially with coopering to make and raise offspring. From bacteria to bonobos, the fundamental questions of why sex evolved, how bodies are built, and how gender develops from sex will be explored. Using the science of cooperation and natural history evidence, what it means to be an individual, a male, a…Find out more »
Speaker: Matt Lamanna, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History In the 1990's, 130 million-years-old Early Cretaceous dinosaur fossils were discovered in shallow Adriatic Sea waters near Istria, Croatia. Approximately 200 bones, teeth, and bone fragments from at least three distinct dinosaur species were fount. Since then, little paleontological work has been conducted at the site. During the Early Cretaceous, this region of Croatia is thought to have been part of a Bahamas-like series of islands that…Find out more »
Speaker: José Padial, Research Associate, Carnegie Museum of Natural History The final results of the February 2017 Discoverers-sponsored expedition will be presented. The expedition goals included the following: to inventory species diversity of amphibians and reptiles in one of the most remote areas of the Amazon, to study how the community composition changes with elevation and habitat changes, and to provide baseline data for management and conservation of the Otishi National Park and the Ashaninka Communal Reserve. The inventory revealed…Find out more »
Speaker: Kaylin Martin, Curatorial Assistant of Amphibians and Reptiles, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, our historic and beloved Alcohol House is undergoing a much needed renovation through a series of ongoing collection projects, including the mystery of the Ewert Turtle Collection, taxonomic updating, and the press for digitization.Find out more »
Speaker: Bonnie Isaac, Collection Manager of Botany, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Many things have changed due to the effects of humans on the natural history world. Learn what a herbarium is, how the roles of herbaria are changing and what Anthropocene related projects are presently underway in our Museum’s herbarium.Find out more »
Speaker: Andy Turner, Professor of Biology and Geoscience, Clarion University Pennsylvania holds more than 80,000 miles of flowing water, ranging from small streams to large rivers. These systems are buffeted by an array of environmental challenges. An overview of the research aimed at understanding the consequences of these perturbations will be provided. The approaches span a variety of spatial scales and the need for multiple methodologies in studying ecological systems. The results show that streams and rivers are resilient to…Find out more »
Speaker: Laurie Giarratani, Director of Education, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Anthropocene problem-solving presents an urgent need for creative, community-minded, multidisciplinary thinkers and doers. Addressing concerns like climate change, habitat alteration, and biodiversity loss requires understanding of nature, science and technology, and the ability to examine how these systems are interconnected. With funding from the Spencer Foundation, a team of CMNH scientists, Learning Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, and community partners have been working together to find new ways…Find out more »
Speaker: Eric Dorfman, Director, Carnegie Museum of Natural History STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) is an exciting update on traditional teaching methods that fosters innovation through cross-pollinating the minds of scientists with those of artists. For museums, which engage in both formal and informal learning, STEAM offers a compelling model for future development. This event will explore opportunities for STEAM across the Carnegie and cover some exciting recent and upcoming initiatives that integrate both the arts and sciences.Find out more »
Speaker: Luke DeGroote, Avian Research Coordinator, Powdermill Nature Preserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History Studies of natural history are increasingly rare, yet they underpin the questions that are asked, the validity of tests performed, and the efforts to conserve biodiversity in a rapidly changing world. How these time-honored techniques are mixed with new technology to build research and education programs for the 21st Century at Powdermill’s Avian Research Center will be presented.Find out more »