Human Resources; employment.

Published: March 22, 2018

Animal Mummies for Sale in Ancient Egypt

A small crocodile mummy wrapped in brown cloth with the eyes drawn on, and other similar bundles in the background

If King Tut or the Gilded Lady come to mind when you think about mummies, you’re probably not alone—but humans weren’t the only ones to be mummified. In fact, not only did animal mummies exist, their production made for a thriving business in ancient Egypt.

Published: March 21, 2018

Q&A with a Project Manager on Making Exhibitions

Janet Hong is a Project Manager in our Exhibitions department at the Field. Some of the topics she’s worked on include tattooing, fashion design, Haitian Vodou, and bioluminescent animals. Most recently, she helped make Mummies a reality. 

A woman standing next to two human-like figures draped in colorful cloth

Janet Hong is a Project Manager in our Exhibitions department at the Field. Some of the topics she’s worked on include tattooing, fashion design, Haitian Vodou, and bioluminescent animals. Most recently, she helped make Mummies a reality. 

  • Q&A with a Conservator on the Complex History of Ivory
  • Published: January 29, 2018

    No Napkin Left Behind: Why Zero Waste Matters

    Carter O'Brien, Sustainability Officer Strategic Science Initiatives, Strategic Science Initiatives
    Two women wearing green shirts reaching into large blue recycling bins

    In December, we hosted the first-ever Chicago Community Climate Forum. This event, which took place on the eve of the North American Climate Summit, brought together nearly 1,500 community members and 70 organizations under one roof—an encouraging sign of Chicago’s commitment to take action against climate change.

    Published: September 9, 2017

    Q&A with Paleobiologist Ken Angielczyk

    Being a curator at a natural history museum can include many different areas of work, from doing research and studying collections, to field work and training future scientists. Dr. Ken Angielczyk, an associate curator and paleobiologist at the Field Museum, shares some of the unique aspects of his work.

    Being a curator at a natural history museum can include many different areas of work, from doing research and studying collections, to field work and training future scientists. Dr. Ken Angielczyk, an associate curator and paleobiologist at the Field Museum, shares some of the unique aspects of his work.

    Published: July 29, 2017

    Beautiful Strangers: Telling the Stories of the People and Collections of The Field Museum

    Gretchen Rings, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, Library

    The romance of the Museum is palpable: rising from the ashes of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the story of the Museum’s origins is well known. And yet, there are many strange tales that are left to be fully told, or that resurface in surprising ways. 

    Black and white photograph of a woman in a floral dress with a large bird on her hand, and a small child smiling and standing at her side

    The romance of the Museum is palpable: rising from the ashes of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the story of the Museum’s origins is well known. And yet, there are many strange tales that are left to be fully told, or that resurface in surprising ways. 

    Published: June 1, 2017

    Recycling at the Field

    Carter O'Brien, Sustainability Officer Strategic Science Initiatives, Strategic Science Initiatives

    Perhaps you’ve noticed the blue recycling carts around The Field Museum, the customized recycling bins in the Field Bistro, Explorer Café and the Siragusa Center, and if you are here on Members' Nights, a variety of other recycling containers in the halls behind the scenes. If so, we hope you’ve found them easy to use! The Field Museum diverted 53% of its waste from landfills in 2016, with 31 tons of that amount being captured in the blue carts.

    Published: June 1, 2017

    Protecting Our Planet: A Letter to Our Community

    Richard Lariviere, President + CEO, Office of President/CEO

    The Field Museum will continue in its mission of documenting and preserving nature’s wonders and sharing those wonders with the rest of the world.

    Collage of photos showing people out in in different environments: a woman using a net in a stream, two people inspecting trees in a forest, a man climbing out of a plane, and people holding lanterns

    The Field Museum will continue in its mission of documenting and preserving nature’s wonders and sharing those wonders with the rest of the world.


    Richard Lariviere

    Richard Lariviere has been the President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2012.

    Before joining the Field, Lariviere was the President of the University of Oregon (UO) from July 1, 2009 through November 2011. During his tenure there, he cultivated the university’s growing reputation for innovation in the classroom and in research, sharpening the University’s focus on sustainability and international partnerships. Prior to Oregon, Lariviere was Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Kansas from 2006 to 2009 and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin from 1999 to 2006. Lariviere also served as the inaugural Associate Vice President for the Office for International Programs at UT Austin.

    Lariviere was born in Chicago and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He earned his bachelor’s degree in the History of Religions from the University of Iowa in 1972 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1978, he earned his doctorate in Sanskrit from the University of Pennsylvania.

    After spending time in India, Lariviere built an impressive academic career around the country’s languages, histories, religions and culture. He has published articles and several books on Indian legal history. He reads eight languages and speaks French and Hindi. He has conducted research in London, Oxford, Calcutta, Poona Kathmandu, Tokyo, Beijing, Lahore, Munich, Colombo and Madras, and many other cities. 

    He had a successful career as a consultant for American and Indian companies in information technology and business process outsourcing. He has also served on corporate boards in the IT industry in Europe and India.

    Lariviere is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation, Creativity & Capital in Austin (IC2), a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain, a life member of the American Oriental Society, and a founding member of the Society for Design and Process Science, the Economic Club and the Chicago Club.

    He has earned several awards for outstanding contributions, including the Margaret C. Berry Award in 2004 from the University of Texas and the Eyes of Texas in 2004 and 1993. He was selected by the Royal Dutch Academy to give the annual Gonda Lecture in 1994, and the Collège de France honored him with the status of Professeur étranger in 1996. In 1989, his book on Indian legal procedure was selected as the best book of the year on South Asia by the CESMEO Institute in Torino, Italy.

    Published: March 27, 2017

    Women in Science and Art: Rebecca Banasiak, Mammals Collections Assistant and Preparator

    Rebecca Banasiak, Collections Assistant II, Gantz Family Collections Center

    Rebecca prepares specimens for research and collections, trains interns and volunteers in the mammal prep lab, and has co-authored research on a new rodent species.

    Woman sitting at a table in a lab, holding a marker and writing on something small

    Rebecca prepares specimens for research and collections, trains interns and volunteers in the mammal prep lab, and has co-authored research on a new rodent species.

    Published: March 14, 2017

    Women in Science: Akiko Shinya, Fossil Preparator

    Akiko Shinya, Chief Preparator, Integrative Research Center

    Akiko Shinya prepares vertebrate fossils for research, prospects and excavates fossils, conserves specimens, and works with volunteers and students in the lab. 

    A woman holding an electric hand tool and a painter's brush, leaning over a large mass of dirt with bones protruding from it

    Akiko Shinya prepares vertebrate fossils for research, prospects and excavates fossils, conserves specimens, and works with volunteers and students in the lab. 


    Akiko Shinya

    Akiko is the chief fossil preparator in the Museum.  She manages three labs filled with fascinating ancient creatures from all over the world, and works with scientists, volunteers, students and interns everyday.  Akiko loves prepaing fossils and going out on fieldworks to hunt and dig fossils with her colleagues.