Russell “Tim” White ’81

Tim has been at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History since 1983. For his first twenty years Tim was influential in the growth of the Peabody’s collection of invertebrate fossils and was a leader in the development of the Class of 1954 Environmental Science Center, a 100,000 square foot facility devoted to interdisciplinary research and education. Tim has gained national attention for his leadership in the natural history museum community and served as president of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections from 2006 to 2008. He has also contributed to the museum field through his publications and presentations on topics including paleontology, collections management, and data basing initiatives.

“Professors such as EES faculty Ray Smith, Sherm Clebnik and Henry Snider and Biology faculty Mike Gable and Barry Wulff challenged my traditional sense of learning and pushed me to look at the interactions between biology and geology and the collective impact on the environment,” said Tim. “For that I am grateful.”