Staff, Curators, and Contact Information

Museum Board Members


Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History
The College of Idaho
Caldwell, Idaho 83605  USA



Board of Directors

Museum Store

  • Geri Van Curen, Gift Shop Manager, 208-250-1252, Email, Email2


  • Jan Summers Duffy, Facebook Administrator, Email
  • Billie Ann Farley, Outreach Specialist, Email
  • Dr. Dawn E. Janney, Webmistress, Email

Curators and Research Associates

  • Dr. Craig R. Baird, Curator of Entomology, Email, Email2
  • Dr. Ron Bitner, Research Associate of Entomology, Email
  • Dr. Paul Blom, Research Associate Entomology, EmailEmail2
  • Stephen H. Bouffard, Curator of Birds, Email
  • Kinga Britschgi, Tour Coordinator, Email
  • Sharon Brown, Tour Guide
  • Nathan E. Carpenter, Curator of the Evans Gem and Mineral Collections, Curator of Paleontology, and Research Associate, EmailEmail2
  • Dr. Paul Castrovillo, Curator of Lepidoptera, 208-332-8627, Email
  • William H. Clark, Curator of Invertebrates, 208-375-8605, EmailEmail2
  • Janet L. Summers Duffy, Curator of Archaeology,
  • Howard Emry, Curator of Paleontology, Email
  • Dr. Barbara Ertter, Research Associate,  Email
  • Dr. Sean Farley, Research Associate, Mammalogy, Email
  • Dr. Patrick F. Fields, Curator of Paleontology; Research Associate, Paleobotany, Email
  • Dr. Alan R. Gillogly, Curator of Entomology, Email
  • Dr. David H. Greegor, Jr., Research Associate
  • Dr. James B. (Ding) Johnson, Curator of Entomology, 208-885-7543, Email
  • Wayne Lewis, Library Director, EmailEmail2
  • Bill Nance, Curator of Ethnography, Email
  • James Pike, Research Associate, Email
  • Dr. James K. Ryan, Curator of Entomology
  • Richard A. Salisbury, Associate Curator of Mollusca
  • Dr. Julia T. Sankey, Research Associate, Email
  • Stephanie Shank, Curator of Entomology, Email
  • Dr. Gerald R. Smith, Curator of Fossil Fishes, Email
  • Dr. Ralph F. Stearley, Research Associate of Paleontology, Email
  • Teresa Tarifa, Research Associate Mammals
  • Leland Thames, Facilities
  • Dr. Chris Walser, Assistant Professor of Biology; Associate Curator of Fishes, Email
  • Dr. David Ward, Jr., General Entomology, 208-888-6008, Email, Email2
  • Gerald E. Wood, Research Associate/Librarian, Curator of Invertebrates, 208-459-5507, Email
  • Dr. Eric Yensen, Professor of Biology; Curator of Mammals; Biology Dept. Coordinator of Museum Affairs, 208-459-5331, Email
  • Dr. Donald W. Zaroban, Curator of Fishes, Email

Student Assistants

  • Will Callahan, Email
  • Anna Chase
  • Christine Pantiledes
  • Shandee Tachick
  • Caymen Dansby (Union High School student intern)

Standing Committees

---  Library Committee ---

  • Nate Carpenter, Chair
  • Wayne Lewis, Library Director
  • Stephen H. Bouffard
  • William Clark

---  Exhibit Committee ---

  • Jan Summers Duffy, Co-Chair
  • Dr. David Ward, Co-Chair
  • William Clark
  • Howard Emry
  • Dr. Patrick Fields
  • Dr. Eric Yensen

--- Evans Gem and Mineral CollectionS Committee

  • Nate Carpenter, Chair
  • William Clark
  • Howard Emry
  • Dr. Barbara Ertter
  • Dr. Dawn Janney
  • Wayne Lewis
  • Dr. David Ward

---  Web Page Committee ---

  • Dr. Dawn E. Janney, Webmistress/Publisher Email
  • Dr. Paul Blom, Editor
  • William Clark, Reviewer