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Dr. Gabriela Chavarria Dr. Gabriela Chavarria

VP of Research and Collections, Denver Museum of Nature & Science


Congratulations to Dr. Gabriela Chavarria for being named the next Vice President of Research and Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, effective January 2018.

Gabriela is a recognized visionary leader in the scientific community with more than 20 years of experience managing teams of gifted professionals and innovative science programs, influencing policy, developing new scientific collections, and leading scientists in research efforts both nationally and internationally. Most recently, she has been senior science advisor and forensic science branch chief at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon.

A native of Mexico City, Gabriela has devoted her research to the behavior and biogeography of bumble bees. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and earned both a master’s degree and PhD in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University. She has conducted research in more than 30 countries throughout the world.

Gabriela is committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists and serves on a number of boards and advisory councils, including Science Works Museum in Ashland and the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jackie Mildner led this search with Jennifer Carignan.

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