David joined the Museum staff in August 2013 as the Museum Educator. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in geology in 2007, and worked as a teaching assistant in the Zoology department at Oklahoma State University from 2010 to 2013, where he graduated with a Master’s of Science. David worked for The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry outdoor science education camps for four summers. He also worked three summers with the National Park Service at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in southern Idaho. There, he carried out paleontology field and lab work and worked with kids showing them geology and paleontology. David is the primary instructor for the middle and high school Sternberg Museum Summer Science Camps and Programs.
David is usually taking the pictures during the middle and high school camps, so he had to pose for this one so we would have more than the same two photos from 2015 with his face visible.
Zoological Collections Manager
Curtis became the museum’s first official Zoological Collections Manager in 2011. A Hays native and FHSU grad, Curtis received his B.S. in biological sciences in 1999 and his M.S. in 2004. Curtis is no stranger to
the museum, as he began as a curatorial assistant in Herpetology in 1998, eventually becoming associate curator of Herpetology and Mammalogy before being appointed Zoological Collections Manager. Because of
his involvement in many research projects, Curtis’ contributions to the Herpetology and Mammalogy collections are numerous. As Zoological Collections Manager, his primary responsibilities are the Entomology,
Herpetology, Ichthyology, Mammalogy and Ornithology Collections. Curtis also plays an active part in educational programming and exhibits.
Curtis Schmidt, holding up a bat captured during the Southwest Biology Camp trip to New Mexico in 2016.
Science Teacher, Wilson High School
Melanie is a science teacher at Wilson Jr/Sr High School in Wilson, KS. After graduating from FHSU in 2007 with her BS in biological sciences and secondary education, she began teaching at WJ/SHS. She has taught a variety of classes including general science, life science, earth-space science, field science, biology, advanced biology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry. Melanie is also the sponsor of the Wilson High School science club, which participates in ECO-Meet, Science Olympiad, and Envirothon competitions. She and her students
often collaborate with Wilson Elementary teachers and have started a mentoring partnership between the elementary and high school students. Melanie is the primary instructor for the elementary school Sternberg Museum Summer Science Camps.
Melanie, running the Marvelous Mammals elementary camp in 2016.
Museum Education and Research Assistant
Brent Schulze is an experienced field biologist and educator with a BS in biological sciences and an emphasis in zoology. Brent has diverse experience working in wildlife biology, and has formal training in
venomous reptiles, birds, insects, mammals, as well as plants. Brent holds a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification, and has an excellent track record of safely conducting wildlife fieldwork in remote and semi-remote locations. He has worked on seven different grant funded research projects since 2011, including endangered species conservation research for the Denver Zoo, Department of Wildlife and Parks multi-species surveys, private consulting for gas and oil companies, and the Bureau of Land Management on endangered species conservation. In 2016, Brent worked as a co-instructor for the junior high Field Naturalist camp trip to Utah. We are excited to have him back on the Field Naturalist camp in 2017, and to have him signed on to co-instruct the Expedition Ecuador high school student trip.
Brent Schulze (middle) with students and counselor Marjie Cone (far left) during the Field Naturalist camp trip to Utah in 2016.