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
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Archaeology under the Fairmont: Pittsburgh’s Hotel Museum
In 2007, archaeologists discovered 16 sites buried beneath the location planned for the Fairmont Hotel. The site once comprised homes, boarding houses, a botanical shop, a furniture maker, Pittsburgh’s first department store, and Andrew Carnegie’s first office. For 160 years, over 25,000 artifacts lay beneath 22 feet of dirt, brick, and stone. Discovering the relationships among these artifacts, the archaeological data and written history provided a new perspective about a time when Pittsburgh began to shape a frontier town into a great city.
Christine Davis, Archaeologist
What Does “Good” Look Like? A New Model for Human and Ecological Health
Climate change, food and water security crises, declines in human and ecological health, and loss of biodiversity and habitats are all serious symptoms caused and intensified by the lifestyles we lead in the West–lifestyles that set a standard for the rest of the world. Many of us are focused on addressing these symptoms, which is important in the short run; but, it is more important in the long run that we address the cause, which is the way we live. Being less bad is not good enough anymore. Follow the journey of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in search of a regenerative way to build and
operate. Learn how this public garden seeks to create a new model for living that improves the health of people and the planet.
Richard Piacentini, PhD, Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Outcomes of the Discoverers Herpetological Expedition to Vilcabamba
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 the existence of 26 species of amphibians and 12 species of reptiles among which 10 species have been confirmed as new species and three are candidates pending further analysis.
José Padial, PhD, Research Associate, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Department of Herpetology, American Museum of Natural History
A City Built for a God: Archaeology at Antinoupolis
The Roman emperor Hadrian’s trip down the Nile in 130 CE is infamous, not least because his companion–the Greek youth, Antinous–supposedly fell from their boat and drowned. Because of Egyptian beliefs, Antinous was deified after death, and Hadrian founded a city for the cult of the new god at Antinoupolis (city of Antinous). An overview of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Italian Archaeological Mission of the University of Florence’s ongoing archaeological fieldwork at the site will be given. One of the Mission’s main goals is to make a complete archaeological and architectural picture of the Hadrianic city. New finds from February 2017 and 2018 investigations of the city’s sacred landscape will be highlighted.
Erin Peters, PhD, Assistant Curator of Science and Research, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
Ancient Techniques, New Friends: Working in the Cherokee Revival
Teaching the ancient art of making feather capes and the 18th century style of fingerweaving to members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina has led to the rebirth of traditional craft techniques, long lost through the exigencies of history, and a growing source of revenue.
Deborah Harding, MA, Collection Manager, Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Living Collection: The Benefits of Using Live Animals in Educational Programming
Utilizing live animals from the Museum’s Living Collection in educational offerings allows our Lifelong Learning Department to conduct research on such programs. Learn more about the care, training, and day-to-day management of such an institutional animal collection.
Mallory Vopal, Gallery Experience Manager, Lifelong Learning, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Studying the Impact of the 66 Million-Year-Old Asteroid Strike on Mammal Evolution
Armed with four years of National Science Foundation funding, John Wible and an international team of collaborators are attacking the mystery of what effect the asteroid strike, which resulted in the demise of non-avian dinosaurs, had on mammal evolution. Their goal is to choose between the competing theories that the impact had no appreciable effect or that the impact was the principal driver of subsequent mammal evolution. The team’s approach to the problem will be explained, and an update on the progress of the project’s first year will be provided.
John Wible, PhD, Curator and Head, Mammals, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Beyond the Forest and the Trees
In recent years, our Powdermill Nature Reserve facility has initiated a number of programs relating to plant ecology that complement its famous avian research programs. These range from cutting-edge basic research to public outreach designed for general accessibility. Some of these programs are accompanied by web-based technology to extend the reserve’s reach worldwide. Its 3D virtual reality program will be incorporated into the museum’s galleries in 2018.
John Wenzel, PhD, Director, Powdermill Nature Reserve