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Photo credit Michael R Barnes.

Corine Wegener

Director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

Corine Wegener is Director of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), an outreach program dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage in crisis situations in the U.S. and abroad. 

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Briana Pobiner

Research Scientist and Museum Educator, Human Origins Program, National Museum of Natural History

Briana Pobiner is a Research Scientist and Museum Educator with the Human Origins Program at the National Museum of Natural History.

Headshot of Rick Potts.

Richard Potts

Paleoanthropologist, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Steve Lubkemann, Int’l Coordinator, Slave Wrecks Project, Mozambique Island, Mozambique. Photo courtesy Stephen Lubkemann.

Stephen Lubkemann

Acting Director, GWU Diaspora Research Program

Stephen Lubkemann is a maritime archaeologist and scholar of heritage. In 2008 he co-founded the Southern African Slave Wrecks and Diaspora Heritage Research Project, renamed the Slave Wrecks Project in 2014, and has served as the International Coordinator for the project since its founding.

Dave Conlin, of NPS-Submerged Resources Ctr.

Dave Conlin

Chief, Submerged Resources Center, National Park Service

Dave Conlin is  is the Chief of the Submerged Resources Center at the National Park Service and an underwater archaeologist. 

Paul Gardullo. Photo courtesy of Paul Gardullo.

Paul Gardullo

Museum Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Since 2007, historian and curator Paul Gardullo has worked towards building the collections and exhibits for the Smithsonian’s 19th and newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Photo credit Mehgan Murphy.

Adrienne Crosier

Cheetah Biologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Adrienne Crosier is a cheetah biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. She is responsible for the cheetah breeding program at SCBI and collaborates with zoos and conservation institutions around the world to support cheetah conservation.


Iveren (Ivy) Abiem


Iveren (Ivy) Abiem is a lecturer in botany at the University of Jos and is overseeing the establishment and enumeration of the ForestGEO forest monitoring plot at Ngel Nyaki.