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Our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of our Curator of Marine Biology Dr. John “Wes” Tunnell.

He provided guidance to the HMNS malacology collection and was instrumental in creating the museum’s Hamman Hall of Coastal Ecology. His expertise and love of sharing the importance of the marine life along the Texas coast is the focal point of our hall. He believed it is important to balance what we take from and how we use the coast. “We now know that a healthy coastal environment leads to a healthy and sustainable coastal economy, so it is important to protect the natural environment,” he said.  HMNS also supported a percentage of the publication costs of his last book, The Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells.

We are enormously grateful for his years of dedication to HMNS and his unwavering commitment to the education of our visitors on all things related to the oceans and ocean life. We will miss him.


Robert T. Bakker, Ph.D.

Dr. Bakker is a world-renowned paleontologist, one of the first to posit that dinosaurs had feathers, long before feathered fossils…

Joel A. Bartsch

Native Texan and longtime Houstonian, Joel Bartsch was first hired as a security guard at the Houston Museum of Natural…

Daniel M. Brooks, Ph.D.

Dr. Dan Brooks joined the Museum staff full-time in 1999. Education Current Service Credentials / Honors Current Research Projects /…


Nancy Greig Ph.D.

Dr. Greig is a botanist and entomologist, with a specialty in the interaction between insects, especially butterflies, and plants. She…

Tom Hardwick

Tom Hardwick is Consulting Curator of the Hall of Ancient Egypt at HMNS. He studied Egyptology as an undergraduate and…

Adam Mekler

Responsibilities As associate curator of Amazonia, I select objects from the collection for annual revolving exhibitions for the Hall of…


Jerome A. Offner, Ph.D

Jerome A. (Jerry) Offner began working as a volunteer with the museum in 1984 and curated two exhibits on aspects…

Erin Mills

Erin Mills received her undergraduate degree in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 2004, and after a short tour of…

Tina Petway

Tina Petway, a native Houstonian became the Associate Curator of Malacology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2005.…


Farrar Stockton

Farrar has a passion for nature, especially, butterflies and moths. After retiring from a career in banking, he started helping…

Carolyn Sumners Ed.D.

Dr. Sumners has expertise in astronomy, chemistry and physics. She can speak knowledgeably on any topic related to planets, stars,…

David Temple

As Associate Curator of Paleontology, Temple developed the Museum’s current Paleontology Field Program. His team excavates a Permian locality in…


John W. Tunnell, Jr., Ph.D.

Research Interests Distribution and ecology of biotic communities along the Texas coast Coral reefs of the southwestern Gulf of Mexico…

Dirk Van Tuerenhout Ph.D.

Dr. Van Tuerenhout joined the Museum staff full-time in 1999. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology Dr. Van Tuerenhout…

Nicole Temple

Nicole Temple is the Vice President of Youth Education Programs.  Her responsibilities include all facets of the Museum associated with…

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