Our Staff

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Our Staff

Stephanie Abramowicz
Scientific Illustrator, Dinosaur Institute

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

Trevor Alixopulos
Library Technician, Research Library

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

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

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.

Vijay Barve
Digitization Project Manager, Marine Biodiversity Center (DigIn)

Vijay is part of the core team for DigIn, our NSF grant-funded project to digitize marine invertebrate collections. As Project Manager, he works with staff at NHM and more than 15 other institutions to generate digital data about collections and move it online.

Kayce Bell, Ph.D.
Assistant Curator, Mammalogy (Terrestrial Mammals)

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.

Brian Brown, Ph.D.
Curator, Entomology

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Neftali Camacho
Collections Manager, Herpetology

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

Sean Campbell
Senior Paleontological Preparator, Rancho La Brea

As a Preparator at Project 23, Mr. Campbell is responsible for excavating fossils, training volunteers and students and sharing his expertise with the public.