Julia Sybalsky

Conservator, Science Conservation



Julia received an advanced certificate in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and an MA in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, as well as BA in Anthropology and BFA in Fine Art from Washington University in St Louis. She has had several positions at the AMNH since starting as an intern in 2010. Before joining the AMNH, Julia worked in objects conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as well as the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. She has also worked at the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis in Turkey. 

Research Interests

Julia is an objects conservator specializing in Natural Science Collections. She is regularly involved with various professional organizations and projects, including the Materials Selection and Specification Working Group and the Museum Pests Working Group. She has been an important contributor in the recent projects in the Hall of Gems and Minerals, the Hall of North American Mammals, the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, and the Hall of Biodiversity. Julia is also active in ongoing research into materials and techniques for the conservation of taxidermy and related materials.

Teaching Experience

Julia lectures and teaches advanced courses in objects conservation at The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has also lectured on various conservation-related topics at other graduate programs at New York University, SUNY Buffalo, UCLA, and George Washington University.