Former Staff, Interns, and Contractors

Close-up out-of-focus shot of a specimen tray with hundreds of insects or insect galls on tiny white labels impaled with straight pins. ©Justine Cooper, Courtesy Daneyal Mahmood Gallery

Linda Nieuwenhuizen

Contract Conservator, 2007 – Present
Projects: Darwin, Gold and Horse Exhibitions

Bio: Linda Nieuwenhuizen, Conservator of Give Me A Break Conservation Services, Inc. (GMAB) provides conservation consultation, assessment, surveys, and treatment of objects for museums, galleries, and individuals; GMAB specializes in the care and treatment of 3-dimensional, mixed-media objects, odd and/or organic, modern and contemporary materials, ethnographic/archaeological materials, and natural history specimens. Additionally, Linda lectures and publishes on conservation topics and is an adjunct professor at the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Art, New York University.


Kasey Hamilton
Intern, October 2015 – August 2017
Projects: Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit, Cuba exhibit, Treatment of columbian mammoth model, Treatment of articulated bird skeleton and taxidermied kinkajou

Bio: Kasey Hamilton received her B.S. in chemistry from Tulane University in 2013.  She has assisted with projects in the Natural Science Conservation lab while also working as an Assistant Registrar at AMNH. She has completed pre-program internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and worked with a number ofconservators in private practice. Kasey will earn a M.A. in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials from the UCLA/Getty Program, Class of 2020.


Logan Kursh
Intern, Summer 2016 – July 2017
Projects: Preparation for workshop on care of historic mammal taxidermy, Pest monitoring, Temporary housings for freezer treatment of taxidermy, Taxidermy treatment

Bio: Logan Kursh is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University. Prior to joining Team Taxidermy, she completed pre-program conservation internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Logan is a lifelong animal-lover and American Museum of Natural History enthusiast. Raccoons are her favorite animal.


Caitlin Richeson
Intern, September 2015 – July 2016
Projects: Research into recoloring materials for faded taxidermy, Preparation for workshop on care of historic mammal taxidermy, Taxidermy treatment

Bio: Caitlin holds a BFA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2012). She is currently a graduate fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, majoring in objects conservation with a minor in preventive conservation. Prior to coming to AMNH Caitlin completed completed internships or contracting work with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American History Museum, and the Navel History and Heritage Command’s Archaeology and Conservation Lab. During the summer of 2017, she will be in Potomac, Maryland interning with Glenstone.


Ersang Ma
Intern, July 2104 – July 2015
Project: Research into recoloring materials for faded taxidermy

Bio: Ersang graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and an M.A. in Museum Studies. Before diving into conservation, she worked for contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, assisting him with research and development of his gunpowder drawings, exhibition concepts, and publications. She did her pre-program internship at Modern Art Conservation, the Museum of Modern Art, and the American Museum of Natural History where she participated in an IMLS-funded study into the use of dyes for recoloring faded taxidermy mounts. She is currently a third-year graduate fellow at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation specializing in objects conservation with a minor in paper. After spending her summers interning at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Museum, she will be completing her third-year internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Gisella Campanelli
Intern, June 2104 – July 2015
Projects: Hides cleaning project, Maintenance of environmental data loggers, Treatment of articulated skeletons, skeletal elements, and taxidermy

Bio: Gisella began her career as a hospital pharmacist after gaining her BPharm (Monash University, Australia) in 1997.  She later earned her MA in Conservation (Melbourne University, Australia) and practiced in the laboratories of the National Gallery of Victoria (Vic, Australia), National Gallery of Australia (ACT, Australia), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (DC, USA), and the American Museum of Natural History (NY, USA).  At present, Gisella is completing her MS in Pharmacology/Toxicology at Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY), where she is undertaking cancer research, and has recently been admitted to the university’s PhD program.


Samantha Ritchie
Intern, June – August 2014, March – August 2015

Bio: Sam Ritchie worked with The Natural Sciences Conservation Lab while completing her BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City. Since graduating she began working for the National Park Service doing Historic Preservation work with the Historic Preservation Training Center based out of Frederick, Maryland. Sam is currently a seasonal Backcountry Ranger at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and is preparing to complete a Work-Trade Art Residency at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, California in the Fall of 2017.


Elizabeth Nunan
Associate Conservator, 2010 – 2014

Bio: Beth Nunan received her MA (2009) with a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Art Conservation Program at Buffalo State College. She completed her graduate internship year in the Anthropology Conservation department at the American Museum of Natural History, before joining the Natural Science Conservation lab shortly after graduation. Beth made important contributions to disaster preparedness, emergency response, and risk management for collections, museum-wide. Beth has worked subsequently for Luca Bonetti Painting Conservation, and is a co-owner of Albertson and Nunan, Inc., a private conservation firm. Beth is also a co-chair of Alliance for Response NYC, a cross-disciplinary organization committed to helping the arts community improve their disaster preparedness through programming and active communication with NYC Emergency Management.


Christina Krumrine
Contract Conservator, 2008 – 2013
Projects: Extreme Mammals exhibition

Bio:  Christina Krumrine received her Master’s Degree from the Art Conservation Program at Buffalo State College in 1989. She has worked at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Metropolitan Museum, The Brooklyn Museum and The American Museum of Natural History.  As a conservator in private practice, Christina’s clients have included The U.S. Department of Justice, Citibank, The University Club of NYC, The Hotchkiss School, galleries and private collectors.  Christina is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation.


Bethany Palumbo
Fellow, 2011 – 2012
Project: North American Mammals habitat diorama renovation team

Bio: Bethany Palumbo holds a BA in Conservation and Restoration from the University of Lincoln and will receive an MA for the Conservation of Historic Objects in January 2013. She is a Conservation Fellow for Natural Sciences Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She began the fellowship in March 2011, working on the renovation of the habitat dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals. Prior to this, Bethany has interned at the University of Cambridge in the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and the Museum of Zoology. She is an active member of SPNHC and serves on the electoral and conservation committees. 


Becca Pollak
Intern, 2010 – 2011
Projects: North American Mammals habitat diorama renovation – recoloring research

Bio: Becca Pollak will complete her MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at Buffalo State College, class of 2014. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Pollak was Manager and then Technical Advisor for the New York office of Kremer Pigments, Inc. She interned with Lisa Kronthal Elkin and Elizabeth Nunan in the Natural Science Conservation lab at the American Museum of Natural History from 2010-2011, where she collaborated in the development of improved methods for the recoloring of taxidermy specimens in the renovation of the Hall of North American Mammals. Previous to her time at AMNH, Becca completed several pre-program internships and fellowships in paper and photo conservation, as well as technician positions in private labs in Chicago and New York.


Rachael Perkins Arenstein
Contract Conservator, 2006 – 2010
Projects: Cyclododecane research, Natural Sciences Collections Conservation Website, Horse exhibition treatment and documentation, Vertebrate zoology conservation treatment

Bio: Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a partner in A.M. Art Conservation, LLC which provides conservation treatment, preservation consulting and collection management services to museum and private clients.  Rachael worked from 1997-2000 in the American Museum of Natural History’s Anthropology Conservation Lab and subsequently at institutions including the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.  She is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation.   Rachael’s conservation degree is from the University College London, University of London.


Alexandra Fernandez
Intern, 2008 – 2009
Projects:  Survey techniques study and Risk Assessment grant funded project

Bio:  Alexandra Fernandez graduated from Fordham University in 2005 with a degree in Anthropology and Visual Arts.  She worked in various capacities in other AMNH departments for eight years.


Eugenie Milroy
Contract Conservator, 2008
Projects: Horse exhibition treatment and documentation

Bio: Eugenie Milroy is a partner in A.M. Art Conservation, LLC which provides conservation treatment, preservation consulting and collection management services to museum and private clients. Eugenie worked from 1999-2004 in the American Museum of Natural History’s Anthropology Conservation Lab.  She has also held positions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. Eugenie’s graduate degree in art conservation and art history is from New York University’s Conservation Center/Institute of Fine Arts.


Kirsten Travers
Intern, 2008
Projects:  Survey of Invertebrate Zoology Fluid Preserved Collections, Assisted on Horse exhibit treatments. 

Bio: Kirsten Travers holds a degree in studio art and has worked as a decorative painter and freelance conservation technician, assisting conservators in private practice with large scale projects treating outdoor sculpture, monuments, and murals. In 2009 Kirsten completed her first year at the Winterthur / University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, with a concentration in painted surfaces.


Samantha M. Huggins
Collections Analyst, 2005 – 2008
Projects: Research Collections Risk Assessment, Collections Preparedness and Response 

Bio:  Prior to Samantha Huggins’s work at AMNH she was the Collections Manager for the Arizona State University Lichen Herbarium where she also completed a BS in Plant Biology with emphasis in Earth Science.  After working in the Natural Sciences Lab Samantha worked as the museum’s Sustainability Coordinator.


Andrea Youngfert
Intern, Summer 2005, Summer 2006
Conservation Technician, July – December 2006
Projects:  Paleontology Type Specimen Rehousing Project, Wasp Nest Rehousing, Pyrite Specimen Risk Assessment

Bio: Andrea Youngfert obtained her B.A. in both Art History and Art Conservation from the University of Delaware.  As of 2009 she worked at the Weissman Preservation Center of Harvard University as a Conservation Technician for Photographic Materials.


Cindy Albertson
Intern, September 2005 – August 2006
Projects:  Wasp Nest Preservation Project

Bio:  Since her internship at the AMNH, Cindy Albertson has earned her MA with a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Art Conservation Program at Buffalo State College.  She is currently an Assistant Conservator in the paintings lab at the Museum of Modern Art, and also works in private practice. 


Anna Jerve
Intern, Summer 2006
Projects: Fossil Mammal Type Rehousing Project

Bio:  Anna Jerve received her B.A. in Geology from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and a M.Sc. in Geological Sciences from Michigan State University, where she studied inner ear morphology in sharks.  She did outreach work and curation for each of the above institutions, in addition to volunteering for several years in the Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  She is currently a doctoral student at Uppsala University, in Sweden, studying fin-spine morphology and evolution in early gnathostome fishes. 


Christina Bisulca
Intern, June – August 2003; June 2004 – January 2005
Projects:  Alkoxysilanes for consolidation of dinosaur bone; Fluid surveys (Mammalogy and Entomology); Deterioration of fossil resins; Analysis of corrosion in metal tags used in fluid collections (Herpetology)

Bio: Christina Bisulca has a BA in chemistry and art history (Rutgers University, 1999) and a MS in objects conservation (Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art conservation, 2005). Since graduating she has worked at several institutions, including Rutgers University, the Freer Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, and the Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara" in Florence, Italy. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Arizona.


Melody Chen
Intern, October 2003 – January 2005
Projects:  Mammology department nitrate negatives condition survey; Treatment of a bison head mount; Sub-fossil moose rehousing.

Bio: Melody Chen received her B.A. in biology and art history from NYU in 2005, and interned at the AMNH natural sciences conservation department and the Morgan Library and Museum during her studies.  In 2007 she entered the Buffalo State College art conservation department and received an M.A. and C.A.S. in 2010, specializing in paper, and is currently working in Taipei, Taiwan.


Kristie Short-Traxler
Intern, Summer 2004
Projects: Researching storage improvements for pyrite & marcasite specimens in the storage in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Research into storage upgrades and Oddy testing for mammalogy storage areas.

Bio:  Kristie holds a M.A. in Theory and Principles of Conservation and a MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums from the University of London.  She left AMNH for a conservation position with the Oxford University Library Services.


Caitlin O’Grady
Intern, 2002
Projects: Herpetology Specimen Condition Survey; Condition and Storage Planning for Sub-fossil Moose Specimens; Research on environmental conditions for bone storage

Bio: Caitlin O’Grady received her MA in Art History and Advanced Certificate in Objects Conservation from New York University in 2004, a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2007 and is expected to complete her Ph.D. in Conservation Science from the University of Arizona in 2009. She became the Conservator at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources specializing in archaeological objects conservation, analysis and treatment.