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Who's Who in Preservation at Arizona State Museum

Nancy Odegaard
Teresa Moreno
Gina Watkinson
Dave Smith
Werner Zimmt
Marilen Pool

Christina Bisulca
Brunella Santarelli
Julia Tubman
Ida Pohoriljakova
Meghan McFarlane
Esther Echenique

Nancy Odegaard with jawbone of LucyNANCY ODEGAARD is head of the preservation division at Arizona State Museum. She is also a professor in the University of Arizona's School of Anthropology, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and Drachman Institute in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Nancy manages and supervises an extensive range of research, service, and educational programs through the museum’s conservation lab, and seeks to promote all phases of tangible cultural heritage the preservation.

Nancy is an elected fellow of both the American Institute of Conservation and the International Institute of Conservation. She has published widely and has received awards from the Fulbright, The Getty, Winterthur Museum, Canadian Conservation Institute, Institute of Archaeology-London, and ICCROM-Rome. She completed graduate studies in conservation at the George Washington University and holds an advanced certificate in ethnographic and archaeological conservation from the Smithsonian Institution. She holds a Ph.D. in Resource, Environment, and Heritage Science from the University of Canberra, Australia. She specializes in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects including the examination, analysis, and study of materials and pre-industrial technologies used to fabricate artifacts.

Teresa Moreno working on excavating a block lift at the conservationTERESA MORENO is associate conservator for Arizona State Museum and is also a University of Arizona faculty member. Teresa holds an M.A. in conservation of historic and archaeological objects from the University of Durham in England. Prior to her training in conservation, she earned an M.A. in classical archaeology and a B.A. in anthropology and classical archaeology, both from the University of Arizona. She specializes in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects and has experience working with a wide range of materials. Her research interests range from the prehistoric archaeology of the southwestern United States to Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art and archaeology.

Gina Watkinson working in the fieldGINA WATKINSON is senior laboratory coordinator for the preservation division, as well as a graduate student in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. She has a bachelor's in anthropology / religious studies from Stony Brook University and a bachelor's in art conservation from the University of Delaware. Gina works to coordinate lab activities, volunteers, and purchasing for the preservation division. She also uses her conservation background to assist in the documentation, treatment, and survey of museum collections. Gina has had the opportunity to work alongside conservators on the maintenance of both movable and immovable property such as outdoor sculpture and petroglyphs. Her recent work includes working with the lab’s handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to collect compositional data.

Dave Smith examines spectral analysisDAVE SMITH is an adjunct conservator within the preservation division and serves as adjunct faculty in the University of Arizona's chemistry department. He is an analytical chemist with 30 years of experience who has developed an interest in applying analytical chemistry to the conservation of cultural objects. His current areas of research involve the evaluation of cultural objects for pesticide residues and the occurrence of heavy metal toxins in southwestern pigments. More info...

Werner Zimmt in the lab with an experimentWERNER ZIMMT is a museum fellow who has been working with the preservation division since his retirement as a research chemist for E. I. Du Pont de Nemours, Inc. in 1985. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and a M.Sc. in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Werner’s many interests include preservation technology and adobe stabilization. His current research at the museum involves collaboration with the departments of agricultural biosystems engineering and chemical and environmental engineering assessing the presence of pesticides and testing methods for their removal.

Marilen Pool working on potteryMARILEN POOL is an objects conservator specializing in ethnographic and archaeological artifacts. She currently serves at project conservator on the IMLS-funded "Conservation of Southwest Ceramic Vessels" phase of The Pottery Project. and has worked previously in the ASM preservation division on numerous projects. She completed conservation internships at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, TX. She has a diploma in art conservation techniques from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario, Canada, a certificate of archaeology and ethnography collections care from the National Parks Service and a master's degree in museum studies from Oregon State University. Before entering the profession of art conservation, Marilen worked as a museum curator and director.

Christina Biculca examing ASM's 10,000-year-old mammoth bonesCHRISTINA BISULCA is an objects conservator and a Ph.D. candidate in the heritage conservation science program of the University of Arizona's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Christina has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and art history from Rutgers University and a master's degree in art conservation from Winterthur Museum / University of Delaware. Christina specializes in the analysis and treatment of ethnographicand natural science collections. She has worked at various instutitions, including the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and American Museum of Natural History.

Brunella Santarelli working on potteryBRUNELLA SANTARELLI is a graduate research assistant working on The Pottery Project. Brunella holds a bachelor's degree in archaeology and chemistry from Boston University and a master's degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona. As a Ph.D. student she studies the degradation mechanisms of ceramic materials with a focus on southwestern ceramics.

Distinguished Alumni

Julia Tubman working on potteryJULIA TUBMAN, Kress Fellow 2011. Julia came to ASM from England to work on The Pottery Project. Her placement with us followed a year in the archaeological conservation laboratory of the National Museum of Wales, which, along with a background in archaeology and a degree from the MSc Programme in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at University College London, well prepared for professional conservation work. Julie is now working in the metals department of the British Museum.

Ida Pohoriljakova working on potteryIDA POHORILJAKOVA, visiting scholar 2010. During her time in the ASM conservation lab, Ida was a recent graduate of the master of art conservation program at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada where she studies objects conservation. She holds a bachelor's degree in classical archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interest in archaeological and ethnographic objects brought Ida to ASM to work on the conservation of the museum's Native American silver jewelry collection, a project that was funded by the Stockman Foundation. In addition, Ida worked on a variety of objects at ASM. She was involved in the documentation and treatment of objects for the Many Mexicos exhibit and assisted with the Curator's Choice exhibits.

Meghan McFarlaneMEGHAN McFARLANE, visiting scholar and graduate intern 2009–10. During her time in the ASM conservation lab, Meghan was a third-year graduate fellow at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Meghan documented, studied, and performed conservation treatments on a variety of objects at ASM, including southwestern archaeological ceramics and Hopi katsina dolls.Meghan earn her M.S. in art conservation from the University of Delaware in August 2009. She holds a bachelor's in biology from Pomona College. As part of her training in art conservation, Meghan has had the opportunity to work at the Field Museum, Freer and Sackler Galleries, and the Australian Museum. Meghan specializes in the treatment and analysis of ethnographic and archaeological objects.

Ester EcheniqueESTHER ECHENIQUE, visiting scholar 2009–10. During her time in the ASM conservation lab, Esther was a graduate of the school of art at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago where she also earned an advanced certificate in the conservation of national artistic heritage.While at ASM, Esther worked on a wide range of archaeological ceramics and ethnographic painted objects. She had previously worked on painted surfaces including easel paintings, wall murals, and petroglyphs in various locations including Cuzco, Peru.

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