Honorary Appointments

Honorary staff appointments at the Field Museum are awarded to diverse scientists and educators who contribute to our  research, collections, science action, and learning efforts. These appointments recognize individuals who have a close and active relationship with the Field Museum, and whose association with us works to the mutual benefit of the Field and the individual, and/or their home institution. While such appointments are conferred on these colleagues as an honor, it is also an honor for us to maintain these relationships and collaborations.

Curators emeritus

NameInstitutionArea of Expertise
Bennet (Ben) BronsonField MuseumEconomic and social evolution of human society, early technology and trade
John J. EngelField MuseumBryophytes
Lance GrandeField MuseumFormer fossil fish curator; Paleoichthyology; taxonomic and paleoecological diversity
Jonathan HaasField MuseumArchaeology, southwestern US and Andean South America
Scott LidgardField MuseumBryozoans
Robert MartinField MuseumPrimatology, Biological anthropology
Alfred F. NewtonField MuseumBiogeography, collection management, ecology, evolutionary biology, identification tools, systematics/phylogeny
Bruce PattersonField Museum
Olivier RieppelField MuseumVertebrate paleontology: marine reptiles
John Edward TerrellField MuseumPacific anthropology
Margaret ThayerField MuseumBiogeography, Collection Management, Evolutionary Biology
Harold K. VorisField MuseumHerpetology
Alaka WaliField MuseumNorth American Anthropology

Adjunct curators

NameInstitutionArea of Expertise
Dean ArnoldWheaton CollegeAnthropology, Central and South America
Brian BauerUniversity of Illinois ChicagoIncan Archaeology/Anthropology
Deborah BekkenField MuseumArchaeology
Jacob D CampbellField MuseumEnvironmental Anthropologist
Timothy EarleNorthwestern UniversityArchaeology
Mitch HendricksonUniversity of Illinois ChicagoArchaeology
Sabine HuhndorfField MuseumFungi, lichens
Christopher Carleton JarrettRainforest Foundation USCultural Anthropologist
Peri JohnsonUniversity of Illinois ChicagoArt History
Laura JunkerUniversity of Illinois ChicagoArchaeology and ethnohistory
Julian C. Kerbis-PeterhansField MuseumAfrican Mammals
Mario A. LaMotheUniversity of Illinois ChicagoAnthropology
Patrick LeacockField MuseumBiogeography, identification tools, checklists, guides, keys
John MonaghanUniversity of Illinois ChicagoCultural anthropology
Donna NashUniversity of North Carolina GreensboroArchaeology, State Development and Imperial Expansion
Linda NicholasField MuseumArchaeology
Lisa NiziolekField MuseumJava Sea Shipwreck
Nigel PitmanField MuseumConservation Ecology, Botany
Kareem RabieUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoAnthropology
Gayatri ReddyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoSexuality, gender, health, community-formation in India
Helen RobbinsField MuseumEthnography, repatriation
Lita SacksUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoAnthropology
D. Doel SoejartoField MuseumMedicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Rodrigo Solinis-CaspariusUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoMexican archaeologist who specializes in landscape archaeology
Kathrine StarkweatherUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoAnthropology
Sylvia VatukUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoSocial anthropology, kinship, urban anthropology, legal anthropology, gender, aging
Matt Von KonratField MuseumPteridophytes and bryophytes
Sera YoungNorthwestern UniversityAnthropology, Archaeology


NameInstitutionArea of Expertise
William Surprison (Bil) AlversonUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonNeotropical Botany
Diana (Tita) AlviraLegado InitiativeConservation for Wellbeing
Grace AndersonMagic CabinetCommunity Engagement
Thomas AntonThe Ecological Consulting GroupHerpetology
Gabriel ArellanoUniversidad Autónoma de MadridNeotropical Botany
Ashley AricoThe Art Institute of ChicagoAnthropology - African Art
Peter AvisIndiana University Northwestectomycchorizal fungal communities
Emily Baca MarroquinAndean Archaeology
Daniel BallhornUniversity of MinnesotaBotany
Rosemary Kathleen BarracloughUniversity of AucklandBirds
Fred BarrieMissouri Botanical GardenFlowering and Edible plants
William BemisCornell UniversityFossil Fishes
Lois Biggs
Daniel BlakeUniversity of IllinoisFossil Invertebrates
Richard BlantonPurdue UniversityArchaeology, Mexico
Nicholas BlockStonehill CollegeBirds
Rodrigo BoteroFundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS)Biodiversity Conservation
Robert Michael BrattainPurdue UniversityEntomology
Adriana BravoRoyal Ontario MuseumNeotropical Biology
Paul BrinkmanNorth Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesPaleontology
Stefania BrionesField MuseumBats
Christopher A. BrochuUniversity of IowaVertebrate Paleontology
Michael A. BrysonRoosevelt UniversitySustainability
Jason BystrianskyDePaul Universityphysiology and osmoregulation in fishes
Rosa CabreraUniversity of Illinois ChicagoLatino Culture, Anthropology
Edwin Cadena RuedaUniversidad del Rosario-BogotaJurassic and Early Cretaceous paleovertebrates
Andrew CampbellUniversity of ChicagoCosmochemistry
Michael "Miggs" Armand P. CanilaoUniversity of the Philippines DilimanEthnological of the Philippines
João CapuruchoField MuseumPopulation genetics; Scolopadid (Sandpipers and Allies) phylogenetics
Matthew T. CarranoSmithsonian InstitutionDinosaurs
Mónica R. CarvalhoUniversity of MichiganPaleobotany
Mitchel Castro AlvarezField MuseumConservation for Wellbeing, Peru
Leo Chan GaskinsDuke UniveristyMarine Science and Conservation
Gabrielle ChoimetSFDAS, SudanEgyptology, Near Eastern Archaeology
Stephanie ClarkInvertebrate Identification, SydneyPaleobiology, ecology, taxonomy
David Jonathan ClarkeUniversity of MemphisEntomology, Paleobiology, Systematics (Taxonomy)
Julia ClarkeUniversity of Texas at AustinFossil Vertebrates
Michael Ivor CoatesUniversity of ChicagoPaleontology, vertebrate diversity, evolution
Raymond G. CodringtonAspen InstitutePopular culture and race studies, museum and public engagement, policy analysis, and applied research
Timothy M. CollinsFlorida State UniversityMolecular Systematics, Evolution, Biogeography, and Phylogeography
Richard ConditretiredTropical Ecology
Jacob CooperUniversity of KansasBirds
Peter CraneOak Spring Garden FoundationPalebotany
Ana CrespoUniversidad MadridPharmacy
Ana CroegaertAnthropology
Darin CroftCase Western UniversityFossil Vertebrates
Thomas CullenPaleobiology, Paleoecology
Gimo DanielNational Museum BloemfonteinTerrestrial Invertebrates
Nicolas DauphasUniversity of ChicagoMeteoritics
Andrew DavisUniversity of ChicagoIsotope Geochemistry, cosmochemistry
Noe U. De la SanchaChicago State UniversityParaguayan Mammals
Paulo Eduardo De OliveiraUniversity of Sao PauloFossil pollen and spores
Deborah DelgadoPontifical Catholic University of PeruAndes Amazon
Terrance "Terry" DemosField MuseumMammals, evolutionary biology
Carl W. DickWestern Kentucky UniversityInter-relationships of ectoparasites and mammalian hosts
Pradeep DivakarComplutense University of MadridLichens
Marlene DonnellyField MuseumScientific Illustration
Seth DonougheUniversity of ChicagoEntomology
Michael L. DraneyUW-Green BaySpiders
Isabelle DrucUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonAnthropology
Regan DunnLa Brea Tar Pits and MuseumPaleobotany
Mariano Roy DuyaUniversity of the Philippines DilimanMammals
Bethany ElkingtonUniversity of Illinois ChicagoMedicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Ignacio Escalante MezaUICEntomology
Jacob EsselstynLouisiana State UniversityMammals, speciation, island biogeography, phylogenetics, systematics, and community ecology.
Matteo FabbriUniversity of ChicagoPaleontology
Mason FidinoLincoln Park ZooEcology, analytics, wildlife management
Margaux FischerField MuseumLiverworts
John FlynnAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryFossil Vertebrates
Michael FooteUniversity of ChicagoPaleontology, biogeography, evolutionary paleoecology, macroevolution
Catherine ForsterSUNY Stony BrookPaleontology, dinosaurs, Ornithiscia
Adrian ForsythThe Andes Amazon FundPolicy, Strategy, Advocacy
Matt FriedmanUniversity of Michigan Museum of Paleontologyfossil fishes
Jörg FröbischMuseum fur NaturkundeEvolution of mammals
Gary GalbreathNorthwestern UniversityEvolutionary and conservation biology research in Southeast Asia
Chelsea A. M. GardnerAcadia UniversityGreco-Roman archaeology
Elliot GardnerFlorida International UniversityBotany
Bucky GatesLake Forest CollegeDinosaurs
Timothy GaudinUniversity of TennesseeMammals, evolutionary biology
Daniel L GeboNorthern Illinois UniversityPrimate evolution and anatomy
Jochen GerberField MuseumLand and Freshwater Mollusks
Paul GignacOklahoma State UniversityTetrapod Vertebrates
Gonzalo GiribetHarvard University, Museum of Comparative UniversityEvolutionary biology, animal diversity
Ian GlasspoolField MuseumPaleobotany
Mark GolitkoUniversity of Notre DameArchaeology
Valentina Gómez-BahamónPennsylvania State UniversityMigration in New World birds
Eric GorscakMidwestern UniversityDinosaurs
James G. GrahamField MuseumMedicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Anne L. GrauerLoyola University of ChicagoHealth and disease in historic-period populations
Lawrence GrossmanUniversity of ChicagoMeteoritics
Thomas GuensburgRock Valley CollegeFossil Vertebrates
Juan GuevaraUniversidad de las Américas (Ecuador)Neotropical Botany
Attila GyuchaUniversity of GeorgiaHungary and Greece Anthropology
William HammerAugustana CollegeFossil Vertebrates
Yara HaridyUniversity of ChicagoPaleontology
John M. HealyQueensland MuseumUltrastructure and taxonomic utility of spermatozoa
Luis Francisco Henao-DiazUniversity of ChicagoEvolutionary biology, biostatistics, macroevolution
Josh HenkinField MuseumMedical ethnobotany
Patrick HerendeenChicago Botanic GardenFlowering plant evolution
Sean HobanMorton Arboretumplant conservation genetics
James HopsonUniversity of ChicagoFossil Vert.
Jen-Pan HuangAcademia Sinica, TaipeiLichens
Rainer HuttererAlexander Koenig MuseumVertebrates, mammalogy
Boris IgicUniversity of Illinois ChicagoMating, evolution, diversification
David JablonskiUniversity of ChicagoPaleontology
Christine JanisBrown UniversityUngulate paleobiology
Sharon JansaUniversity of MinnesotaMammals
Bruce JayneUniversity of CincinnatiAmphibians and Reptiles
Levi JenkinsChicago Public SchoolsYouth engagement toward conservation
Zi-Feng JiangUniversity of ChicagoBirds, parasites
Carolyn Schiller JohnsonUniversity of ChicagoAnthropology, humanities, Asia
Marian KadushinUniversity of Illinois ChicagoMedicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy
Christian KammererNorth Carolina Museum of Natural HsitoryFossil Vertebrates
Kuswata KartawinataPlant ecology
J. Mark KenoyerUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonKish
Susan KirtChicago State UniversityEcology, Photography
Az KlymiukUniversity of ManitobaPaleobotany
Nicholas (Nic) KotlinskiColorado State Forest ServiceGIS, Data Visualization
David KrauseSUNY Stony BrookAnatomy, paleontology
Daniel KsepkaNorth Carolina State UniversityBirds
Patrick KückLeibniz InstitutePhylogenetic databases
Zoe KulikUniversity of WashingtonPaleontology
Charo LanaoAtinchik ConsultorasCommunity Engagement
Tyrone H. LaveryAustralia National UniversityMammals, island biogeography, indigenous-led conservation in Melanesia
Ana LemosLegado InitiativeConservation for Wellbeing
Blanca LeónUniversity of TexasNeotropical Botany
Sara LipshutzLoyola University ChicagoBirds
Mark LittmanStagg High Schoolfish systematics and taxonomy
Jen LoboSAICScientific Illustration
R. Eric LombardUniversity of ChicagoFossil vertebrates
Lorena LopezCultivate PowerCommunity Engagement
Dylan LottUniversity of Illinois-ChicagoTibetan Buddhism, Neuroscience, and the Politics of Representation
Maria Cecilia Lozado CernaUniversity of ChicagoAndean archaeology
Robert LückingThe Field MuseumLichens, Fungi
Ernest LundeliusUniversity of Texas at AustinFossil Vert.
James LuteynThe New York Botanical GardenNeotropical blueberries
Holly LutzThe Scripps Research InstituteBats, Birds, Evolution
Sean LyonField MuseumBirds
Miguel MacedoInstituto del Bien Común – IBCEnvironmental Governance
Renan MaestriUniversidade Federal do Rio Grande do SulMammals
Stephen MahonyHerpetology
Pete MakovickyUniversity of Minnesota
Roberta Mason-GamerUniversity of Illinois ChicagoEcology, evolution, speciation
Wilfredo MatamorosUniversidad de Ciencias Y Artes de Chiapasfreshwater fishes of Central America and southern Mexico.
Elio (Wayu) MatapiFundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS)Community Engagement
Neal MatherneCherokee Strip Regional Heritage CenterSoutheast Asia and Philippine-area expertise
Axel MayerUniversität Konstanzaxel.meyer@uni-konstanz.de
Gregory C. MayerUniversity of Wisconsin-ParksideSystematics and ecology of West Indian and Central American Anolis lizards.
Molly McDonoughChicago State UniversityAfrican Small Mammal Phylogenetics
Matthew McDowellUniversity of TasmaniaSmall Mammal Faunas, Caves
Amy McLachlanAnthropology
Sean B. MenkeLake Forest CollegeEcology, biogeography
Gary MerrillField Museumlocal moss flora expertise
Paula M. MikkelsenField MuseumInvertebrates
Joseph MilanovichLoyola University ChicagoAquatic and Vertebrate ecology, herpetology
Heather MillerIllinois State MuseumTribal Relations
Marc A. MilneUniversity of IndianapolisInsects
Katherine Moore PowellLynker TechnologyClimate Adaptation, Water Resources
Debra (Debby) MoskovitsField MuseumConservation Action, Conservation Ecology
Gregory M. MuellerChicago Botanic GardenMycology
Luis MuroLACMAAndean and Moche Prehistory
Jon NationsUniversity of ChicagoMammals
Eugenio NearnsPurdue UniversityEntomology
Christine NiezgodaField MuseumFlowering Plants
Jasmine NirodyUniversity of ChicagoEvolutionary Biology
Christopher R. NotoUniversity Of Wisconsin–ParksideVertebrate Paleontology, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Philip Novack-GottshallBenedictine UniversityPaleobiology, ecology, taxonomy
Patricia NovickEgan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships, DePaul UniversitySocial Psychology
Lynn K. NyhartUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonHistory of biology
Carter O'BrienCity of ChicagoSustainability
Janine OchoaUniversity of the PhilippinesMammals, archaeology, paleobiology
Akin OgundiranNorthwestern UniversityAfrican Archaeology/Anthropology
Rahul Chandrashekhar OkaNotre Dame UniversityEconomic anthropology
Link OlsonUniversity of AlaskaMammals
Anna K. OrmistonThe Nature ConservancyConservation Ecology, Guyana
Víctor R. Pacheco TorresUniversidad Nacional Mayor de San MarcosMammals in Peru
Luciano PalmieriUniversidade de São PauloInsects
Frank PascoeCollege of St. FrancisSpiders
Alison PaulThe Conservation FoundationCommunity-based conservation
William J. PestleUniversity of MiamiBioarchaeology, prehistoric Latin American and Caribbean peoples
Constantine PetridisArt Institute of ChicagoAfrican arts
Oscar Pineda-CatalanUniversity of ChicagoBiodiversity, Genetics
Roy E. PlotnickUniversity of Illinois ChicagoInvertebrate paleontology
Gareth PowellBrigham Young UniversityBeetles
Mane PritzaField MuseumDigital Photography; Photogrammetry, Focus Stacking photography, Emu database
Ayesha Qazi-LampertField MuseumEnvironmental Science Education, Biology Education
Ashwin RavikumarAmherst CollegePolitical Ecology
Timothy A. RawlingsCape Breton UniversityInvertebrates
Iza RedlinskiForest Preserves of Cook CountyConservation Ecology
Laura Rericha-AnchorAuthor, Biologist, Botanist, and Ecological consultant
Alan ResetarField MuseumReptiles and Amphibians
Danielle RiebeUniversity of North Georgia - GainesvilleEuropean anthropology
Marcos Antonio Ríos ParedesHerbario Amazonense (AMAZ), Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía PeruanaBotany
Mario A. RiveraICOMOS-ChileAnthropology
Ray RogersMacalester CollegeSedimentary geology, taphonomy, marine and terrestrial fossils
John RognerIllinois Department of Natural Resources (retired)Landscape Conservation, Chicago Wilderness
Amy RosenthalPlanetConservation
Laurel RossField MuseumConservation Ecology, Chicago Wilderness
Dakota RowseyArizona State UniversityEvolution and biogeography of the Philippine mammal fauna
Ana Rosa Sáenz RodriguezInstituto del Bien Común – IBCConservation Ecology, Peru
Evan SaittaField MuseumPaleontology
Alejandra Salazar MolanoFundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS)Sociology, Indigenous and Campesino Communites
Nina SandlinField Museumspider species
Rachel SantymireLincoln Park ZooWildlife biology
Andre SartoriTHIS InstituteInvertebrates
Rachel ScarlettPurdue UniversityConservation Biology
Carolyn Schiller JohnsonUniversity of Chicago
Birger SchmitzLund UniversityMeteoritics and stratigraphy
Hans-Peter SchultzeUniversity of KansasPaleontology
Christopher ScotesePALEOMAPPaleogeography
Lydia ScottThe Morton ArboretumUrban Foresty
Jodi SedlockLawrence UniversityPhilippine bats
Rebecca SeifriedUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstGIS, mapping
David SepkoskiUniversity of Illinois ChicagoPaleontology
Tatiana SepúlvedaUniversity of GuelphInsects biodiversity & taxonomy
Paul SerenoUniversity of ChicagoFossil Vert., dinosaurs
Amie SettlecowskiUniversity of ChicagoBirds
Nicola SharrattGeorgia State UniversityArchaeology, Andean South America
Neil ShubinUniversity of Chicagoevolutionary origin of new anatomical features and faunas
Christian A. SidorUniversity of WashingtonVertebrate Evolution during the Permian and Triassic
Velizar SimeonovskiField MuseumScientific Illustration
Steven B. SimonUniversity of New Mexicopetrology and cosmochemistry of early Solar System materials
Michelle SingletonMidwestern UniversityPrimate Craniofacial Evolution and Development
Heather SkeenUniversity of ConnecticutBirds
Graham SlaterUniversity of ChicagoGeophysical Science
Arif SmithUniversity of ChicagoArt, Arts Education
Nathan SmithHoward UniversityFossil Vert.
Neil Adam SmithClemson UniversityPaleontology
Robert StallardUniversity of Colorado BoulderHydrology, Biogeochemistry
Charles E. StanishUniversity of California at Los AngelesPrehistoric societies of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile
Thomas StephanUniversity of ChicagoInterplanetary dust particles
Scott J. SteppanFlorida State UniversityOrigin of biological diversity, rodents and bivalves
Betty StrackField MuseumMycology
Bryan L. StuartNorth Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesHerpetology
Stuart S. SumidaCal State San BernardinoVertebrate paleontology
Stephen SuttonUniversity of ChicagoMeteoritics
Paula TallmanLoyolaSocial Anthropology
Fui Lian TanField MuseumHerpetology
Donald Charles Taphorn BaechleRenewable Natural Resources Department, Universidad Nacional Experimental de los Llanos Occidentales "Ezequiel Zamora" (Retired)Aquatic Zoology
Jose TelloLong Island UniversityEvolutionary biology, birds
Jan Johan ter PoortenField MuseumInvertebrates
Weston (Wes) TestoField MuseumPteridology (ferns)
Michelle ThompsonSan Diego Natural History MuseumBiology, Rapid Inventory assessment
Ryan ThoniFeather River CollegeSystematics and taxonomy of fishes of Asia & Eastern Europe
Robert M. TimmUniversity of KansasTropical Mammals
Susumu TomiyaKyoto UniversityVert. Paleo
Luis Alberto Torres MontenegroPeruvian Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (PCBC)Neotropical Botany
Andrea Twiss-BrooksUniversity of ChicagoHumanities and Area Studies
Nathan UphamUniversity of ChicagoMammals
Maria ValdesField MuseumMeteroritics
David VaughanMote Tropical Research LaboratoryAquaculture
Benjamin R. ViningBoston UniversityEnvironmental archaeologist
Robert S. VossAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryMammals
Corine VriesendorpField MuseumConservation Ecology
Heather WalderUniversity of Wisconsin - La CrosseArchaeology/Great Lakes
Joseph F. WalkerUniversity of Illinois ChicagoPlant phylogenomics
J. Richard (Jonathan) WalzSchool for International TrainingAnthropology and African Studies
Erin B. WaxenbaumNorthwestern UniversityPhysical Anthropology
Paul W. WebalaMaasai Mara UniversityBats of Kenya
Mark WebsterUniversity of ChicagoSystematics/phylogenetics, and biostratigraphy, paleontology
Jun WenSmithsonian InstitutionMonographic, phylogenetic, biogeographic and ethnobotanical studies of the ginseng family (Araliaceae) and the grape family (Vitaceae)
Fred E. WellsWestern Australian Fishers and Marine Research LaboratoriesMarine Biology
Mark WestneatUniversity of ChicagoBiomechanics and Phylogenetics
Robin WhatleyColumbia CollegeEarly mammal paleoecology and taphonomy
Alexander WhiteSmithsonian InstitutionData science, machine learning, bioinformatics
Dawson M. WhiteHarvard UniversityRare plants; plant diversity studies
Alan T. WhittemoreMorton ArboretumPlant taxonomy; herbarium management
Jelle WiersmaPleistocene fossils
Edward WilsonHarvard UniversitySystematics and Ichthyology
Karen WilsonUniversity of ChicagoAnthropology, Archaeology
Christopher WirthPurdue UniversityInsect Biodiversity and Conservation
Jack WittryField MuseumMazon Creek Fossils
Yun-Hsin "Becky" WuNatural History Museum of Los Angeles CountyFossil birds
Yaowu Xingbiodiversity in the Tibetan plateau
Kenneth YoungBiogeography; Landscape Ecology; Climate Change; Sustainability; Tropical Environments
Nyree ZeregaNorthwestern UniversityBotany
Dilyana ZieskeField MuseumBalkan ethnography and ethnohistory