by Frank MacEachern 05/22/14
Photo Credit: Contributed
“We are delighted that Daniel Ksepka is joining the curatorial staff at the Bruce,” says Peter C. Sutton, executive director of the Bruce Museum. “Daniel comes to us not only with a vast body of knowledge but also with a great deal of creativity and enthusiasm. He is already planning some exciting new science exhibitions for the Museum.”
"Penguins are 10 times older than humans and have been here for a very, very long time," said Ksepka, who has researched the evolution of penguins and how they came to inhabit the African continent.
Ksepka recently contributed to several important museum exhibitions, including the traveling Race to the End of the Earth and Mythical Beasts exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History and the Polar Palooza special exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
His background includes work in science education, an important aspect of the Bruce Museum’s exhibition programs. Ksepka has a long track record of collaborating with K-12 educators, including designing science content, presenting formal professional development talks for science teachers, and designing workshops for teaching special topics in geology, biology and paleontology.
Ksepka has been a featured speaker at the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Field Museum. In addition to more than 30 formal peer-reviewed research papers, he has written articles for popular science magazines, including Scientific American, American Scientist, and Dig. Even his personal blog, “March of the Fossil Penguins,” attracts more than 50,000 visitors per year.
Ksepka joins the Bruce Museum from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina, where he served as a postdoctoral researcher, and retains associate positions at the Field Museum, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.