Professor Kena Fox-Dobbs will take over museum leadership from Professor Emeritus Peter Wimberger

TACOMA, Wash. — University of Puget Sound announced that it has selected a new director for the Puget Sound Museum of Natural History. Professor of Environmental Policy & Decision Making and chair of the Department of Geology Kena Fox-Dobbs will assume leadership duties from Professor Emeritus Peter Wimberger. Wimberger has served as director of the museum since 2005, during which time he greatly expanded the museum’s outreach programs, including a pivot to online programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I'm thrilled to step into the role of museum director, and excited to join this excellent team,” said Fox-Dobbs. “For the past 15 years, my research program has included projects with museum-based work and the Puget Sound Museum of Natural History was one of the many reasons I joined the faculty at Puget Sound.”

Kena Fox-Dobbs is an environmental scientist interested in how human activities, such as the encroachment of cities on natural habitats, change natural patterns across ecosystems. She uses biogeochemical techniques to investigate questions relating to the ecology of fossilized animals and plants and examines issues that may help predict the effect of climate change on ecosystems in the future. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation and conducted research on a variety of topics, from investigating how small mammals adapted to the last Ice Age to investigating how termites impact the nutrient cycle of the Kenyan savannah.