Staff and Associate Research

Explore the research interests of Regenstein Pacific Curator Dr. John Terrell and other FM staff below, and see New and Forthcoming Publications for our most recent science.

See Further Reading for more resources.

August 2018

Field Museum research scientist Mark Golitko and summer intern Clay Jaskowski use pXRF to study our ~600 obsidian spears and daggers from the Admiralty Islands. 

Video shot and produced by Isabelle Harton.

July 2018

Elements of Dynamic Network Analysis Head over to our Science Dialogues blog for a new series about the Field Museum's own approach to networks analysis in anthropology. 

Facebook Redeemed? Co-Curation of Visual Heritage Our own PacificAnthro forum as an experiment in collaborative curation, featuring Dr. Terrell's 1969 photos from Teop, Solomon Islands.

May 2018

"Plug and Play" Genetics, Racial Migrations and Human History  In this post published by Scientific American's Observations blog, Curator John Terrell explores the recent trend in genetic profiling, and what it means, or does not and cannot mean, for the study of ancient humans. Read further commentary related to this article on Science Dialogues.

An Evolving Experiment in Community Engagement: The Philippine Co-Curation Partnership at the Field Museum  A thesis by Sarah E. Carlson. ABSTRACT: Over the last decade, Field Museum staff have worked to build enduring partnerships with local Filipinx-American community members. These partnerships engage participants in the stewardship of the collection, reinterpreting entangled object meanings and connecting the Museum’s collection to the lived experiences of modern communities. Through collaborative digitization efforts and events the Philippine Co-Curation partnership works to confront a colonial past while offering a gathering space for local Filipinx-Americans. As an emerging approach to collections management, it aims to embody the ideals of modern museology, bringing both partners and staff into uncertain territory and inspiring important questions about how collaborative relationships negotiate authority, recognize expertise, and navigate the institutional contexts shaping their execution. In this way, the Field Museum’s Philippine Co-Curation partnership represents an important case study into the potential and pitfalls of long-term collaborative partnerships, and their ability to make museums more accessible, locally relevant, and respectful of diverse traditions.

Background image: Port Moresby by Hitchster. CC BY 2.0 / cropped and desaturated from original

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