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: Tim Pearce
The land snails Micrarionta gabbi and M. maxima, the larger of the two, are both found on San Clemente Island. M. maxima variously has been considered a subspecies, a full species, or a synonym of M. gabbi. Island snails show some size bimodality with the larger form tending to occur in distinct areas on the northeastern part of the island. However, DNA analysis indicates that these snails are a single species. Future studies could explore the reason for the size difference and location preference.
Speaker: Jennifer Sheridan
Natural history collections are often seen as a window into the past, but they can also serve as a view to the future. Museum collections, specifically amphibian and reptile collections, are critical not only to new species descriptions, but also to fully understanding ecological impacts of climate change, and impacts of land-use change. Research, utilizing CMNH and other natural history collections, touching on these topics will be presented.
Speaker: James Adovasio
More than 500 archaeological sites have been claimed to be older than the widespread Clovis horizon (11,500 radiocarbon years ago). Few have stood up to scientific scrutiny. A review of those sites that have withstood such criticism, including Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Pennsylvania and Monte Verde in Chile, indicates that not only have humans been in the New World considerably earlier than the Clovis horizon, but that they were leading lifeways radically different than those postulated for the so-called Clovis hunters.
Speaker: Steve Rogers
Field collectors, taxidermists, foreground specialists, and diorama painters have made our museum’s natural history exhibits the gems that they are. Over the past 125 years a handful of preparators and artists have created outstanding taxidermy pieces and natural history dioramas. The techniques used to mount lifelike vertebrates, along with fabricated accessories, and to place them in a recreation of a fragment of the natural history world is an awe-inspiring art form.
Speaker: Lindsay Wright and Andrew McAfee
Scientific Illustrators use their art skills to visually communicate scientific ideas. The information in a given illustration is tailor made, using visuals to form bridges over communication gaps. The career paths of the presenters will be depicted through scientific illustrations, as well as the major role that Carnegie Museum of Natural History has played on their careers.
Speaker: Gretchen Anderson
Pest management has come a long way since the days of drenching everything in poison. Today, an integrated approach, combining research into pest biology, environmental preferences, and origins is utilized. Dependence on the use of pesticides has greatly diminished. Integrated pest management is a holistic and sustainable way to get the better of those nasty little critters, i.e., bugs and mice.
Speaker: Chase Mendenhall
Ideas are cheap and plentiful, but developing them takes time and resources. Explore how visitor studies and collaborations with designers and education lead to multi-stage deliverables that may culminate in an exhibit. The idea that “diverse sexualities, genders, and identities are natural and beneficial” was used, as a case study, to examine the process of developing an exhibit, educational programs, and a business plan for CMNH.
Speaker: Lislie Wilson
Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s living collection is a cornerstone of its educational programming. Learn how the museum utilizes the collection to share the messages of conservation and environmental stewardship. Meet members of the living collection and learn how they are cared for in their museum home.