John E. Simmons
Consultant at Museologica


128 Burnside
Bellefonte, PA 16823 , US map

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John E. Simmons


John E. Simmons has a B.A. in Systematics & Ecology and an M.A. in Museum Studies.  He began his career as a zoo keeper at the Forth Worth Zoological Park before becoming collections manager at the California Academy of Sciences and later at the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas, where he also served as Director of the Museum Studies Program until 2007.  John is the recipient of the Superior Voluntary Service Award from AAM (2001), the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Graduate Students from the University of Kansas (2005), the Carolyn L. Rose Award for Outstanding Commitment to Natural History Collections and Management from the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (2011), and the Dudley-Wilkinson Award of Distinction from the Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums (2016).  John has published numerous papers and several books, including Cuidado, Manejo y Conservacion de las Colecciones Biologicas (2005, with Yaneth Munoz-Saba), Fluid Preservation: A Comprehensive Reference (2014),  Foundations of Museum Studies: Evolving Systems of Knowledge (2014, with Kiersten Latham), Herpetological Collecting and Collections Management (3rd edition, 2015), Museums: A History (2016), and the chapter on"Collections Management: History, Theory, and Practice" in The International Handbook of Museum Studies (2015). John runs Museologica (a museum consulting service); teaches museum studies for Kent State University,  the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Museum Study LLC; and serves as Adjunct Curator of Collections at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery at Penn State University. He is currently working on a second edition of Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies (expected fall 2017).

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