A woman wearing a Science Museum of Minnesota branded "Trust Science" face mask.

Dr. Catherine Early

Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology

Catherine is fascinated by the shapes and anatomy of animals, especially the relationship between form and function. She currently studies this relationship in the skulls and brains of birds using CT scanning (think of a 3D X-ray machine). While Catherine has a passion for all things avian, she is also our biology collection curator. She seeks to grow, preserve, and digitize the collection so that more people can learn more about the science of life from around the world and here in Minnesota.


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