has held the position of Curator of Natural Science at the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science since 2000. Before coming to the Quad Cities, she served as the Senior Museum Assistant in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University. Chris received her undergraduate degrees in Geology and French from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1984 and an M.S. in Geology and Geophysics from the Yale University Graduate School in 1987.
In 2007, Chris was one of four representatives from Iowa invited to participate in a national conservation summit, Connecting to Collections, convened by IMLS, to jumpstart an initiative to make caring for America’s collections a national priority. She was one of 100 participants chosen in 2012 to attend the 21st Century Learning in Natural History Settings Conference hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The purpose of the initiative is to develop, initiate, and disseminate a collaborative and sustained learning research agenda to inform how natural history museums can best use their resources to support their audiences in the 21st Century.
Chris is a long-time member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and currently is a member of that organization’s Documentation Committee.
Title: Curator of Natural Science
Office: Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science
Office Phone: 563.324.1933