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Meet Maine Here.

Dr. Paula T. Work

Maine State Museum
83 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0083

Phone: (207) 287–8109
Fax: (207) 287–6633


Ph.D., Geology (Quaternary Studies), University of Iowa
B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin at La Crosse

Research Interests:

Quaternary paleoecology

Recent Professional Activities:

Project Director, $40,000 IMLS Connecting to Collections Planning Grant (2009–2011) to develop a statewide consortium for collections care in Maine with implementation of a values assessment tool designed to help institutions create an active dialogue with targeted constituencies.

Project Director, $150,000 IMLS Museums for America Grant (2006–2008) to conduct first statewide assessment of state-held biological and geological collections in Maine.

One of 4 Maine representatives to the IMLS Connecting to Collection Initiative, Washington D.C. (2006).

Earthwatch Archaeological Field Supervisor, Mid-coast Maine (2004 and 2005).

Session Chair, Orphaned Collections Committee for the 2004–2008 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC).

Assisted in planning, development, design and oversight of 6.5 million dollar collections and research facility at Cincinnati Museum Center (2000–2002).

Supervised the two-phase transfer of over 2 million Natural History and History collection objects to Cincinnati Museum Center’s new collection and research facility (2000–2002).

Selected Exhibits:

Off Limits: Pine Trees, Politics, and the King’s Broad Arrow, MSM (co-curator; 2011)
Cabinet of Curiosities: the Museum, Science Collections and You, MSM (lead curator; 2007–present)
Klir Beck Nature Dioramas, Maine State House (2004–present)
Back to Nature, reinterpretation of former This Land Called Maine exhibit, MSM (2003–present)
Prized Possessions, Cincinnati Museum Center (co-curator; 1999)

Selected Publications:

Work, P. T., H. A. Semken, and R. G. Baker. 2005. Pollen, plant macrofossils and microvertebrates from mid-Holocene alluvium in east-central Iowa, USA: Comparative taphonomy and paleoecology.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 223:204-221.

Thorson, P. J., and B. W. Styles. 1992. Analysis of faunal remains in Late Archaic components at Modoc Rock Shelter, Randolph County, Illinois. In S. R. Ahler, M. J. Bade, F. B. King, B. W. Styles, and P. J. Thorson. Illinois State Museum Report of Investigations, No. 48:52-80.

Ahler, S. R., M. J. Bade, F. B. King, B. W. Styles, and P. J. Thorson. 1992. Late Archaic Components at Modoc Rock Shelter, Randolph County, Illinois. Illinois State Museum Report of Investigations, No. 48.

Thorson, P. J. 1992. Reexamination of the cool/mesic Interpretation of the “altithermal” Mud Creek Local Fossil Biota, eastern Iowa. Current Research in the Pleistocene 9:92-94.

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