I have been with the Museum since 1988 and Head Conservator since 2008. Like all of our object conservators, I work on a wide range of three dimensional artifacts but my areas of specialization are the issues relating to traveling artifacts (for loans or traveling exhibits) and archaeological field conservation; I also enjoy teaching and lecturing about conservation. In 2006, I published The Maya Vase Conservation Project, a book about conservation of a group of Maya vessels from the Museum’s collections. I particularly enjoy working with our pre-program volunteers, curriculum interns, and post-graduate Fellows; the latter two groups are especially good at keeping us up to date on the latest conservation treatments and trends.
I received my conservation training from the Institute of Archaeology at the University of London, England. Before coming to Penn I worked in Jordan, Hong Kong, and Canada and have worked as a field conservator in Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, England, Honduras, and Guatemala. Field conservation is really my first love, since there is so much excitement inherent in working on freshly excavated material. Being at the Penn Museum has some of the same excitement because ‘discoveries’ occur every day in storage; with a collection of around a million artifacts there’s always something new to see and admire. It’s a great treat to work with the Curators and Keepers of the Collections and my other Museum colleagues. Every day there is something fascinating to see/learn/experience.