NSCC Staff

Lisa Kronthal Elkin

Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation, Natural Sciences Collections

Bio: Lisa Kronthal Elkin is the Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  Lisa received her MA in art conservation from the State University College at Buffalo and since 1994 has been working as a conservator at the AMNH; first as assistant and associateconservator in the Anthropology Department and then, since 2001 as Director of Conservation for the natural science collections. Over the years, her focus has been on planning strategically for the preservation of scientific collections.  This involves surveying and evaluating risks to collections, planning for collections upgrades, and setting procedures and policies for collections and conservation management.  In 2011, management of the Office of the Registrar was added to her roster in an effort to ensure closer communication/collaboration between the registrars and conservators, to better enforce collection policy and to provide support to the museum’s ambitious traveling exhibitions program.


Elizabeth Nunan

Associate Conservator, Natural Science Collections Conservation

Bio:Beth Nunan received her MA (2009) with a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Art Conservation Program at Buffalo State College. She completed her graduate internship year in the Anthropology Conservation department at the American Museum of Natural History, and began working with Lisa Kronthal Elkin in the Natural Science Conservation lab shortly after graduation, and was hired as an Associate Conservator in 2010. Her responsibilities include implementing activities related to disaster preparedness, emergency response and risk management for collections, museum-wide. Additionally, she provides support to scientific staff concerning natural science collections conservation, as needed, as well as internal training for collections, registration and conservation staff. She is active in collaborations for developing improved methods for the treatment and preparation of specimens, preparation of collections for exhibition and travel, and most recently, sustainability as it impacts the collections environment.  


Julia Sybalsky

Intern 2010-2011, Project Conservator 2012-present

Projects:Survey of Ornithology mounted osteological specimens; North American Mammals habitat diorama renovation team, Project Conservators for Library and Archives Risk Assessment.

Bio: Julia Sybalsky began interning at the museum in January 2010 and became a Conservation Fellow one year later, working on the renovation of dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals. In May 2012 Julia received her MA with an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from The Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she was a George Stout Fellow.  Previous to her time at AMNH, Julia worked at the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis in Turkey, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. She has completed technical illustrations for publications on the work of Edgar Degas and Spanish polychrome sculpture, and is the Coordinator for Emerging Professionals in Conservation, a sub-group of the New York Regional Association for Conservation.