Adjunct Curators

William Brandenburg

William BrandenburgBrandenburg's love of wildlife started well before any formal education. Drawing and painting at an early age taught him bird coloration, pattern, feather structure, and mannerisms. At a young age, he also taught himself taxidermy to understand shape, anatomy, and coloration of a birds eyes, beaks, and feet.

Brandenburg has competed in art competitions since 1980, winning his first wolrd championship in 1988. Since then, he's won the Carl E. Akeley medallion and placed in Master of Masters competition. He has won on all levels of competition including state, regional, national, international and world level. His work is represented in private collections, museums, and education facilities around the world.

To date, Brandenburg has applied his artistic acumen and taxidermy skill to roughly 4,000 of the over 10,000 species of bird.

Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J.

Brother GuyConsolmagno, born September 19, 1952, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, obtained his bachelor of science in 1974 and master of science in 1975 in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1978. From 1978-80 he was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Harvard College Observatory, and from 1980-1983 continued as postdoc and lecturer at MIT.

In 1983 he left MIT to join the US Peace Corps, where he served for two years in Kenya teaching physics and astronomy. Upon his return to the US in 1985 he became an assistant professor of physics at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he taught until his entry into the Jesuit order in 1989. He took vows as a Jesuit brother in 1991, and studied philosophy and theology at Loyola University, Chicago, and physics at the University of Chicago, before his assignment to the Vatican Observatory in 1993.

In spring 2000 he held the MacLean Chair for Visiting Jesuit Scholars at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and in 2006-2007 held the Loyola Chair at Fordham University, New York. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and a visiting professor at Loyola College, Baltimore, and Loyola University, Chicago.

Consolmagno has served on the governing boards of the Meteoritical Society; the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Division III, Planetary Systems Science (secretary, 2000 - present) and Commission 16, Moons and Planets (president, 2003-2006); and the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences (chair, 2006-2007).

He has coauthored five astronomy books: Turn Left at Orion (with Dan M. Davis; Cambridge University Press, 1989); Worlds Apart (with Martha W. Schaefer; Prentice Hall, 1993); The Way to the Dwelling of Light (U of Notre Dame Press, 1998); Brother Astronomer (McGraw Hill, 2000); and God's Mechanics (Jossey-Bass, 2007).

Dr. Consolmagno is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Castel Gandolfo, one of the largest in the world. His research explores the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In 1996, he spent six weeks collecting meteorites with an NSF-sponsored team on the blue ice of Antarctica, and in 2000 he was honored by the IAU for his contributions to the study of meteorites and asteroids with the naming of asteroid 4597 Consolmagno.

Research: Dr. Consolmagno studies the nature and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. His work in the 1970s on the moons of the outer solar system predicted many of the features later discovered by the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft, including the first published suggestion of Europan sub-crustal oceans with the possibility of life. Models for the geochemical evolution of lunar basalts and basaltic meteorites eventually led to the identification, on geochemical grounds, of asteroid Vesta as the parent body of the eucrite, diogenite, and howardite meteorites. His doctoral thesis in 1978 on the role of electromagnetic forces in chemical fractionations of the early solar system pioneered the field of gravito-electrodynamics, the behavior of dust subjected to both gravitational and electromagnetic forces, and he was the first person to apply this concept to describe the dynamics of Jupiter's dust ring.

Geophysical research in the late 1980s to mid-1990s included mapping tectonic features on the surfaces of outer planet icy satellites to correlate the orientation of these features with possible internal stresses, and applying electromagnetic theory to the problem of detecting an ocean brine under the ice crust of Europa. He was also part of the world-wide campaigns to observe the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 into Jupiter in 1994 and mutual events during the 1995 Saturn ring plane crossing.

Present research is centered on understanding the origin of moons, meteorites, asteroids, dwarf planets, and Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs). One continuing project is measuring the density, porosity, and magnetic properties of meteorites, with applications to understanding the lithification of meteorites and the structure of their asteroidal parent bodies. Details of his technique can be found at this PSR page. He is also involved in telescope observations measuring the spectra of small bodies in the outer solar system.

As of 2015, Brother Guy is the Director of the Vatican Observatory.

John Hankla

John HanklaJohn Hankla is currently a featured scientist in the Science Explorers program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he works as a creative consultant and as an instructor. His research on late Cretaceous fossils in eastern Wyoming is the focus of an innovative professional development program for middle school teachers in Wyoming and Colorado.

Hanklaʼs graduate work at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History was focused on the particular habit of some prairie ant species to collect micro-vertebrate fossils that can be used in museums for research, interpretation and exhibit. With the help of the Museum Club at the University of Colorado Hankla produced exhibits and programs including “Museum in the Dark” and “Harvesting Collections; contributions of the western harvester ant”.

Hankla uses his expertise along with an extensive personal collection of cast dinosaur skeletons to create learning opportunities in natural history museums, art galleryʼs, and school programs. His recent collaborations have included Dinosphere! at The Childrenʼs Museum of Indianapolis, The Sternberg Museum of Natural History, at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, The Community Art Center in Danville Kentucky, The Cranbrook Institute of Science in Michigan, The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, and the University of Colorado Science Discovery Program Wilderness Camps.

Richard B. Stamps

Richard Stamps

Title: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Oakland University


Major Fields
Anthropology, archaeology, Chinese prehistory and 19th century North America, Chinese minorities, Asian Americans, Christianity in China, applied anthropology.



Teaching Areas:

  • Human and Cultural Evolution
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology
  • Peoples and Cultures of China
  • Asian American Experience
  • Archaeology of North America
  • Introduction to China

Representative Publications:

  • "The Cultural Impact of Morman Missionaries on Taiwan," BYU Studies, 41:1003-1014, 2002.
  • “The House in The Grove: Edison’s Boyhood Home,” in Retrieving Michigan’s Buried Past, with B. Hawkins, N. Wright and J. Halsey, eds., Cranbrook Institute of Science, September 1999.
  • “Fort Gratiot,” in Retrieving Michigan’s Buried Past, with B. Hawkins, N. Wright and J. Halsey, eds., Cranbrook Institute of Science, September 1999.
  • “Historical and Cultural Preservation of Resources in Oakland County,” The Oakland Journal, 1:100-102, spring 2000.