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Nora Bynum

Rowe Family Director, Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum

Nora Bynum

Nora Bynum is the Rowe Family Director of the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum. In this position, she provides leadership for the conservation activities of the Museum, incorporating new geographies and initiatives, with the goal of generating large-scale advances in conservation and cultural understanding.

From 2012 to 2015, Nora served as Vice Provost for Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and China Initiatives at Duke University where she provided leadership to the team responsible for the designing and inauguration of Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China.

Other previous positions include that of Associate Director for Capacity Development in the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, and Project Director for the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) at the American Museum of Natural History, and Academic Director for the Organization for Tropical Studies.

Nora has conducted field research in Asia and in the New World. Nora’s research interests include seasonality, phenology, and global change in tropical forests, ecology, behavior, evolution, and conservation of Sulawesi macaques, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Nora is a graduate of Yale University where she completed a joint PhD program in Anthropology and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

Summit Sessions

Uncorking Capacity Bottlenecks Science, Conservation, Inspiration