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Debby Moskovits

Vice President, Strategic Science Initiatives

Strategic Science Initiatives

Debra Moskovits joined The Field Museum staff as a research assistant in 1985. In 1989 she joined the public side of the Museum, developing exhibitions on ecology, evolution, and conservation, and renovating the Museum’s extensive animal halls. 

In 1994, while the Museum was celebrating its centennial, Moskovits launched a new effort. She organized a unit to translate the Museum’s rigorous science into immediate action for conservation, cultural understanding, and the well-being of people living in and around biologically rich areas. The unit’s efforts led to significant results, including establishment of vast protected landscapes in the most diverse regions of the planet, lasting collaborations with indigenous communities, and strong partnerships for conservation in Chicago’s vibrant metropolis. The Museum now embraces conservation and quality of life in its mission, and the unit has blossomed into the Museum’s Keller Science Action Center.

From 2013-2017 Moskovits served as Vice President for Science and Education, overseeing the transformation of the Museum’s sciences into four integrated and complementary centers: Collections, Integrative Research, Science Action, and Learning. With collections now clearly at the center of all the Field does, the Museum’s science is poised for even greater impact. Moskovits is currently the Vice President for Strategic Science Initiatives, charged with deepening and strengthening the role our Museum’s science plays in the world, present and future.

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Dr. Moskovits received her B.A. with high honors from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Biology from The University of Chicago. Her dissertation was on the ecology and behavior of tortoises in Amazonian Brazil. She has worked for more than forty years in ecology and conservation, primarily in the tropics.