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Kevin Havener

Collections Assistant II

Collections Center

Working at the Field Museum and participating in its vital educational, scientific, and exploratory mission is an honor and a privilege.  Currently I'm engaged in supervising interns, digital archiving, digital photography, KE EMu database work, text editing/formatting, establishing protocols and procedures.  Also dried plant and biological specimen handling and organizing (some for DNA cryogenic storage, tissue and specimen loan prep). This work is for the Botany (early land plants) and Zoology Departments.

Additional Information


M.A. Education, Instructional Technology (materials design), San Francisco State University, CA

B.A. Anthropology/Archaeology, magna cum laude, San Francisco State University, CA

Science, Biology, Architecture, Astronomy, Fine Arts, Film Production programs, Portland State University, OR


Science, evolution, biology, archaeology, and technology.  Computers, photography, specimen and artifact handling, digital archiving, and databasing.  Botany, zoology, and astronomy.  Archaeology, ancient civilizations, and ancient art.  Publication design (print and web), graphic design, and videography.

Work experience

Collections Assistant/Digital Archivist (9/2008 to Present):  Supervising and assisting interns, volunteers, and visiting scholars.  Digital photography, image scanning, KE EMu databasing, repacketing dried plant specimens, establishing protocols and procedures.  Specimen handling and processing, image processing, text editing and formatting.  Tissue and specimen loans and prep for DNA cryogenic storage.  Currently full time (Collections Assistant II) for the F.M. Botany (Early Land Plants) Department, and formerly for the Zoology (Herpetology and Insects) and Botany Departments.

Membership Salesman/Adjunct Security (12/2008 to Present):  F.M. Membership Department on-site sales and sales processing; patron assistant.  Special Events Department evening event adjunct security, exhibit docent, patron assistant and coat check.  Occasional work.

Visual Communications Developer/Admin Assistant (10/2002 through 6/2006):  Educational materials developer.  Hired, trained, and supervised student interns; trained small groups (including Spanish speakers) in desktop publishing.  Scheduled and coordinated visitors and calendars.  Ordered and maintained computer equipment and printers.  Developed, wrote, designed website, database, Powerpoint presentations, print publications (booklets, posters, reports).  Principal assistant to a key department supervisor.  For the F.M. Environmental and Conservation Programs (ECP) Department [Currently called ECCo].