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Eric Dorfman

Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Director, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Areas of focus: The Anthropocene, biodiversity and ecosystems, the future of museums

Eric Dorfman is the director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the largest natural history museum’s in the country. He is an expert on the Anthropocene, which is the concept that human activity has had a profound and pervasive impact on the planet, such that its effects will be present in the fossil record millions of years from now. His PhD, from The University of Sydney, concerned scale-dependent resource use of waterbirds in central and eastern Australia. Before this, he worked on the behavioral ecology porpoise in Monterey Bay, California, through San Jose State University. Dorfman is an active advocate for natural and cultural heritage and has published books on natural history and climate change, as well as children’s fiction and scholarly articles on museology and ecology. 

A full biography is available upon request.
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