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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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