About Me


My name is Ben, and I’m a museum educator in the Washington, DC area. I’m interested in science education, particularly the communication and exploration of concepts like evolution and deep time. My research is focused on the historic and aesthetic dimensions of natural history education, especially the cultural and scientific legacies of mounted dinosaur skeletons. I can be found on Twitter as @bhmllr. Please direct questions to extinctmonsters (at) gmail.

What’s with extinct monsters? This was the evocative title of the first incarnation of the National Museum of Natural History’s fossil halls (1911-1963). I find it charming, and am cheerfully borrowing it.

Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone, and do not reflect the museums and other institutions where I have worked, studied or volunteered.

4 responses to “About Me

  1. Paul D Brinkman

    Dear Ben:

    I really enjoy your blog. We seem to be interested in a lot off the same things. I also have a blog. It’s called Expeditionlive! I blog about history of paleontology.


    • Ben

      Hi Paul, I’m a big fan of your book, The 2nd Jurassic Dinosaur Rush, but I didn’t know about the blog. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Steve Hight

    I used to live about 1/4 mile from that plaque. Now my wife and i are writing our second book about Fruita, and we’re using a photo of Elmer Riggs provided by Paul Brinkman!

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