Museum Conservation (Certificate)
Natural history collections are necessary for the study of nearly every discipline in the natural sciences. They are our record of biodiversity, the history of life, earth materials, and material culture.
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Assistant Professor of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences
Chair and Professor of the Department of Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences
These collections can be found in museums, parks, zoos, private industries, and government agencies. They serve as a foundation for scientific research into evolutionary biology and biodiversity, earth history, climate change, and human cultures and their history.
Despite the impression of durability, these objects are in fact fragile, in need of constant care, conservation and maintenance in order to preserve them. We also need to increase our record of the natural world through continued collection, preparation, and conservation of these objects.
This collection, preparation and care requires trained professionals to accomplish these tasks. The Museum Science certificate courses will provide you with experience in the materials and methods for the care and conservation of natural history collections. This will open employment opportunities in places that keep and maintain collections.
Arguably, the biggest benefit of curator jobs is the opportunity to work with rare and fascinating collections dating back to antiquity.
A summer in the Smithsonian
It’s a popular summer destination for tourists, but for one Husky it was simply the next step of her career pursuit. Keara Drummer is no stranger to museums and paleontology studies. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned with the American Museum of Natural History where she had the opportunity to work with Invertebrate Paleontology Collections. At the Smithsonian, she had the opportunity to build upon her pre-existing knowledge.
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