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.
To schedule an interview, email Erin Southerland 
or call her at 412.353.4818.

Steve Tonsor

Stephen J. Tonsor

Director of Science and Research, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Areas of focus: Anthropocene, Biodiversity & Ecosystems

Dr. Stephen J. Tonsor received his PhD in Biology from University of Chicago. He serves as director of science and research at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Before joining the museum in 2015, Tonsor applied quantitative evolutionary genetics and study of form and function in both the laboratory and the field to understand how organisms adapt to changing climates. More recently he has turned his attention to research at a meta-level: understanding the integration knowledge through across scientific disciplines, the arts, and humanities, toward a synthesis that considers the meaning of human existence.

To schedule an interview, email Erin Southerland or call her at 412.353.4818.