MEET THE TEAM
Daniel Ksepka, Ph.D
Curator of Science
Daniel Ksepka earned a PhD at Columbia University while studying at the American Museum of Natural History. His research centers on avian paleontology, with a focus on the evolution of diving birds. He has traveled to South America, New Zealand and Africa in pursuit of penguin fossils. Daniel also blogs about his research at March of the Fossil Penguins.
Cynthia S. Ehlinger
Marketing and Science Curatorial Associate
Seaside Center Manager
You can usually find Cynthia at Greenwich Point on the first Sunday of each month, leading morning bird walks or welcoming visitors to the afternoon programs at the Seaside Center. Following an early career in advertising, Cynthia came to the Bruce Museum in 1996, working as a jack-of-all trades in both the marketing and science departments. Some of the favorite exhibitions she has curated featured robotics, evolution, oysters and adaptations.
Manager of School and Community Partnerships
After graduating from University of California Santa Barbara with an Environmental Studies degree, Peter has interned with Denali Highway Cabins and Paxson Alpine Tours in Alaska and the National Park Service in California.
Peter was initially employed at the Bruce during the summer of 2009 as a Seaside Center Naturalist, a position that cemented in his mind the enjoyment of being an educator. He subsequently gained valuable experience as an Educator for the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, working in the field as crew member aboard the Research Vessel Oceanic and honing his classroom teaching strategies on outreach programs. Peter successfully managed and expanded Bruce Museum outreach education programs, or Brucemobiles, and is now enjoying his new role Manager of School and Community Partnerships.
Citizen Science Coordinator
Tim has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies and an Associate of Science degree in Zoo Animal Technology. He has worked in zoos, public aquaria, and museums for twenty-two years. Tim is a conservation biologist with a specialty in turtles and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Specialist Group. Tim has a special interest in reconnecting children and adults alike with nature. In his spare time, he is an avid outdoorsman, accomplished photographer, and book collector.
Zvi Grunberg Fellow
Robin hails from Southern California and holds degrees in evolutionary biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (BS) and the University of Kansas (MS). Her favorite place is the High Sierras; the best hiking, fishing, and stargazing around. Most recently, she was the Outreach Program Manager at the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science.