The Board of Curators

The 11 Divisions charged with the care of over 12 million specimens and objects housed in the Yale Peabody Museum are overseen by a Board of 19 Curators from the Yale University Faculty.

The Mission Statement of the Peabody Museum of Natural History

The exceptional collections in the care of the Museum’s curatorial staff are at the heart of university teaching, the interdisciplinary studies of researchers from around the world, and museum exhibition that communicates the importance and excitement of studying the earth’s history and diversity.


Curatorial Board

Jay J. Ague Curator of Mineralogy and Meteoritics

Paola Bertucci

Assistant Curator of Historical Scientific Instruments


Derek E.G. BriggsCurator of Invertebrate Paleontology

Richard L. BurgerCurator of Anthropology

Leo W. Buss

Curator of Invertebrate Zoology


Oswaldo Chinchilla Assistant Curator of Anthropology

Peter Crane Curator of Paleobotany

John C. Darnell


Curator of Anthropology

Michael J. DonoghueCurator of Botany, The Yale Herbarium

Michael R. DoveCurator of Anthropology

Jacques GauthierCurator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Herpetology)

Roderick J. McIntoshCurator of Anthropology

Leonard Munstermann

Curator of Entomology

Thomas J. Near

Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Ichthyology)

Richard O. Prum

Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Ornithology)

Eric J. SargisCurator of Vertebrate Zoology (Mammalogy)
Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

David Skelly

Director, Peabody Museum of Natural History

Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Herpetology)

Anne Underhill

Curator of Anthropology


Emeritus Curators

Michael D. Coe

Curator of Anthropology


Harold C. Conklin

Curator of Anthropology


Frank Hole

Curator of Anthropology


Leopold J. Pospisil

Curator of Anthropology


Elisabeth S. VrbaCurator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Mammalogy)