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The Curator

Part of the Race to the End of the Earth exhibition.


Ross D. E. MacPhee

Ross D. E. MacPhee, curator of The Race to the End of the Earth, is a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History who specializes in the evolutionary history of mammals and the biology and causation of extinction. MacPhee has led or participated in more than 50 paleontological expeditions in 14 countries and has carried out fieldwork in Siberia, Yukon, and, most recently, islands off the Antarctic Peninsula. His experiences with high latitudes fostered his interest in the history of polar exploration, which he first took on as co-curator of the Museum's 1999 exhibition The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition.


In his book, Race to the End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole (Sterling Innovation, 2010), which was written to accompany the exhibition, MacPhee explores the lasting significance of these two extraordinary men.