SVP statement regarding Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) budget cuts

January 3, 2013
The Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in Chicago is about to undergo massive budget cuts accompanied by a significant change in organizational structure.

The Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in Chicago is about to undergo massive budget cuts accompanied by a significant change in organizational structure. Most of the cuts are slated to come from Collections and Research, including sweeping staff layoffs and possible dismissal of tenured curators.

These cutbacks threaten to cripple the Geology Department, which houses one of the largest and most significant vertebrate paleontology collections in the world. The research mission of the FMNH, educational outreach, and the preservation and availability of it paleontology collections is in jeopardy.

 

An informative overview of the situation can be found at Nature News.

 

There are two important steps that you can take to help the FMNH.

First, you can sign the online petition to the FMNH leadership at change.org.

 

Second, you can directly contact the president of the FMNH, Dr.

Richard Lariviere (rlariviere@fieldmuseum.org), to emphasize how these cuts will cripple the museum's ability to fulfill its roles in science, education, and outreach.