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Dr. Gaillou joined the Department of Mineral Sciences as Associate Curator in January 2012. She obtained her Master's degree in Geology in 2003 from the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France) and her Ph.D. in Materials Science in 2006 from the Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN) Nantes (France). From 2006 to 2010, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution and then held a combined postdoctoral research fellowship with both the Smithsonian and the Carnegie Institution (Department of Terrestrial Magnetism) until the end of 2011. Dr. Gaillou's research focuses on gem materials, especially opals and diamonds. Click here to know more about her research!
Dr. Kampf joined the Natural History Museum staff in January 1977, immediately after earning his Ph.D. in mineralogy and crystallography from the University of Chicago. He was instrumental in the creation of the Museum’s world-renowned Hall of Gems and Minerals, which opened in 1978, and through the years he has implemented many additions and improvements to the gallery. Since 1980, Dr. Kampf has been Curator of the Mineral Sciences Department and has overseen the growth of the Museum's mineral and gem collections, from about 20,000 to more than 150,000 specimens. He conducts research principally in the areas of descriptive mineralogy, crystal chemistry, and structural crystallography — focusing on the characterization of new or inadequately described minerals and is the U.S. delegate to the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature, and Classification of the International Mineralogical Association.
In September 2007, Alyssa Morgan joined the Mineral Sciences Department as Collections Manager. Alyssa began collecting rocks and meteorites as a child, which was the beginning of a life-long passion for science. She received her bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington and her master’s degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University. Her specialties were experimental igneous petrology and planetary geology. Her research focused on the petrogenesis of lunar volcanic rocks and the composition and evolution of the lunar mantle.