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.
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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.
"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.