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Assoc. Director for Science

Araneus marmoreus

Araneus marmoreus (K. Darrow photo)

Maureen Kearney

Associate Director for Science

Areas of Responsibility

Overall leadership and administration of NMNH research and collections activities, including seven scientific departments comprising over 300 staff, the Laboratory of Analytical Biology, the Collections Program (care, registration, digitization), Academic Services to interns, graduate students, fellows, research associates and collaborators, emeritus scientists, etc., high-level liaison and hosting of resident Federal Agencies (USDA, Commerce, Interior, Defense) numerous cross-cutting strategic science initiatives, and field stations (Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce and Carrie Bow Cay, Belize). Support and partnerships with Exhibits, Education, and other outreach programs, and the Office of Advancement, especially for NMNH strategic initiatives.

Areas of Expertise

Systematics, Biodiversity, Evolutionary Biology, Phylogenetic Theory and Methods, Herpetology; Science Policy and Administration.

Previous Work Experience

2000 – 2008: Curator of Herpetology, Field Museum of Natural History; also served as Head of Division of Amphibians and Reptiles and member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.

2008 – 2015: Program Officer in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation; also served as lead of the Systematics and Biodiversity Science Cluster and as Acting Deputy Division Director and Acting Division Director.


PhD, George Washington University; B.S., M.S., George Mason University.

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