NSCC Staff

Lisa Kronthal Elkin
Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation, Natural Sciences Collections

Bio: Lisa Kronthal Elkin is the Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Lisa received her MA in art conservation from the State University College at Buffalo and since 1994 has been working as a conservator at the AMNH; first as assistant and associate conservator in the Anthropology Department and then, since 2001 as Director of Conservation for the natural science collections. Over the years, her focus has been on planning strategically for the preservation of scientific collections.  This involves surveying and evaluating risks to collections, planning for collections upgrades, and setting procedures and policies for collections and conservation management.  In 2011, management of the Office of the Registrar was added to her roster in an effort to ensure closer communication/collaboration between the registrars and conservators, to better enforce collection policy and to provide support to the museum’s ambitious traveling exhibitions program.

 

Julia Sybalsky
Associate Conservator

Bio: In May 2012 Julia received her MA with an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She began interning at the AMNH in January 2010, and has been working there since 2011. Her work supports the ongoing care of scientific collections and specimens on exhibit, as well as the assessment of risks to collections and archive materials throughout the museum. Julia was an important contributor in the recent projects concerning dioramas in the Hall of Biodiversity, the Hall of North American Mammals, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, and conducts ongoing research into materials and techniques for the conservation of taxidermy collections. Previous to her time at AMNH, Julia worked at the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis in Turkey, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. She has completed technical illustrations for publications on the work of Edgar Degas and Spanish polychrome sculpture, and co-teaches an advanced graduate course in Conservation Strategies for Natural Science Collections with Fran Ritchie at The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

 

Fran Ritchie
Project Conservator

Bio: Fran Ritchie is a Project Conservator for an IMLS grant-funded project researching materials used to conserve historic taxidermy at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and Yale University's Institute for Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Her previous experiences include various natural history collections across the United States, as well as ethnographic collections at the National Museum of the American Indian and the Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. She is a graduate of the State University College at Buffalo and a Professional Associate member of AIC. Fran co-teaches an advanced graduate course in Conservation Strategies for Natural Science Collections with Julia Sybalsky at The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.