New Co-opted Board Member

Dr. Emlyn Koster of the North Carolina Museum of  Natural Sciences has been unanimously co-opted to the Board of ICOM NATHIST for the partial term to the the Annual General Meeting in 2019 (Kyoto).

With a BSc from the University of Sheffield in England and a PhD from the University of Ottawa in Canada, both in Geology, Emlyn Koster’s career began with faculty appointments at Montreal’s Concordia University and the University of Saskatchewan. His interest in engaging the public in global sustainability issues grew while conducting fieldwork for the Alberta Geological Survey at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Choosing the vehicle of major museums for their greater potential, CEO appointments followed at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Liberty Science Center next to New York, and, since 2013, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Founded in 1879 and becoming the largest institution of its kind in the southeastern United States and among the nation’s most innovative nature and science museums, the accredited North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is maximizing the dividends from its public and private sector investments with new collaborations to propel its mission to illuminate the interdependence of nature and humanity. In 2014, this institution was honored at the White House with a national medal for its outstanding community service. Dr. Koster is a past President of the Geological Association of Canada and currently also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Emlyn has already been active with ICOM NATHIST, having contributed to the upcoming book The Future of Natural History Museums and agreeing to champion the proposed ICOM NATHIST Anthropocene Working Group at the 2017 conference.

Read more about Emlyn’s history and work at this link.