Meet our staff
Catherine M. 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 Dr. Early 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.
Richard Oehlenschlager, Biology Collections Manager
Richard has been busy with local research projects involving census surveys of voles and other small mammals, bird banding, and collecting new specimens of plants, birds, and mammals. Past field studies have brought him to Mexico for a study on rainforest birds and to the Antarctic for seal and bird research. In honor of his work, he even has a bluff named after him in the Antarctic. Look for Oehlenschlager Bluff at the coordinates 75 03S 136 42W the next time you’re in the Antarctic.