Please note that on Sunday, October 20, NHM will close to the public at 2 pm, for the 16th Annual Haunted Museum event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our Staff

Below is a full list of all Research and Collections staff, in alphabetical order.

To find a contact by research area, please see the appropriate Department page.

View list of Departments.

Scientific Illustrator, Dinosaur Institute
Stephanie Abramowicz

As illustrator and photographer for the Dinosaur Institute, Stephanie Abramowicz merges scientific research with artistic sensibility.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Entomology & Urban Nature Research Center
Benjamin "Max" Adams, Ph.D.

Max joined the Urban Nature Research Center in 2018 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville, where he studied communities of ants living in the canopies of tropical forests.

Library Technician
Trevor Alixopulos

Trevor Alixopulos supports the services and holdings of the Research Library at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Rancho La Brea
Mairin Balisi, Ph.D.

Dr. Balisi is investigating how the dual disturbances of megafaunal extinction and climate transition shaped the mesocarnivore community over the past 40,000 years and by extension, our Los Angeles community today.

Assistant Curator, Terrestrial Mammals
Kayce Bell, Ph.D.

Museum collections form a vital component of Kayce's research on mammal and parasite diversity and distribution. She is interested in the processes that lead to new species and how host diversity impacts parasite evolution.

Curator, Entomology and Co-director, Urban Nature Research Center
Brian Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian V. Brown, head of the Natural History Museum's Entomology Department and Curator of Entomology, has pursued an interest in insects since he was 5, when he created an insect zoo in his backyard in Toronto, Canada.

Museum Archivist and Library Resources Manager
Yolanda Bustos, MAS & MLIS

Yolanda Bustos directs all activities related to the museum archives, libraries, and library special collections at the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits.

Collections Manager, Seaver Center for Western History Research
John M. Cahoon, M.A.

John Cahoon assists visiting researchers and answers public inquiries about the center’s two-dimensional collections which often results in publications about Los Angeles, California, and the West.

Collections Manager, Herpetology
Neftali Camacho

Neftali Camacho immediately started working at the Museum after graduating with a B.S. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2002. 

Curator Emeritus, Ornithology
Kenneth Campbell, Ph.D.

Dr. Campbell began his tenure at the Natural History Museum in 1977 as one of two curators to fill staff positions for the newly opened George C. Page Museum, a satellite facility of the Natural History Museum.