MPM Geology Curatorial Staff

Patricia Coorough Burke
Curator of Geology Collections/Senior Collection Manager
coorough@mpm.edu or 414-278-6155

Patricia Coorough Burke's fields of study include early Paleozoic fossil communities with a focus on extinction events. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences, an MS in Geological Sciences, and certification in science education, all from UW-Milwaukee, where she is an adjunct faculty member.  As Curator of the Geological collections, she manages over a million specimens across the disciplines of invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology, paleobotany, and mineralogy.

Coorough Burke has spearheaded the effort to transfer the Geology collection records from their original catalog books to a digital format in order to make them globally accessible. Over the past several years, she has been awarded two Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants totaling $680,000 to support the digitization of the Silurian and Ordovician fossil collections at MPM and the Field Museum of Natural History.

Her most recent publication is a book chapter titled "Museums at the Intersection of Science and Citizen: An Example from a Silurian Reef" in Museums at the Forefront of History, a Geological Society of America publication.  


Emeritus Curators

Dr. Peter Sheehan
Curator Emeritus - Geology
sheehan@mpm.edu or 414-278-2741

Active research projects include field-based studies of Ordovician and Silurian Brachiopods and their synecologic associations, ecology of extinction events and radiations, especially the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE), the End-Ordovician extinction and subsequent recovery, the physical effects of the Cretaceous/Paleogeone (K/T).


Adjunct Curators

Dr. Stephen Dornbos - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Margaret Fraiser - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Mark Harris - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Gary Rosenberg - Emeritus, Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI)

Dr. Rex Alan Hanger - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater