Museum Director Douglas S. Jones, Ph.D., is chief executive officer, overseeing Museum planning and policy, exhibits and public programs, budgets, personnel, development and infrastructure in consultation with the Administrative Committee. Administrative Committee members include the Associate Director for Operations; the Associate Director for Collections and Research and Natural History Department Chair; Assistant Directors in charge of Budget and Human Resources, Exhibits and Public Programs, Marketing and Public Relations and Museum Technology; the Directors of Development, the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and Center for Informal Science Education; and the Senior Museum Representative to the University of Florida Faculty Senate.
The Director's Office and the offices of Budget and Human Resources and Museum Technology are located in Dickinson Hall.
The Museum director serves on the UF Administrative Council and reports to the provost as delegated by the president. For external affairs, the director works with the President's Office and the Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. The director also works closely with the Florida Museum Associates Board, a fundraising and membership support group.
Exhibits and Public Programs
The Museum's Education and Exhibition Center is located in the UF Cultural Plaza at Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. The facility houses the Exhibits and Public Programs administrative offices in addition to the Center for Science Learning and the Development, Marketing and Public Relations, Security and Visitor Services departments.
The Florida Museum's artisans, technicians and educators interpret Florida's rich environment and cultural diversity through exhibits and educational programs. Always using the most current information, Exhibits and Public Programs designs exhibits, plans classes, organizes special programs and prepares educational materials that reach visitors from across the state, nation and world. The department also presents the natural history and culture of Florida and the Caribbean and trains Museum docents to lead guided tours.
Center for Science Learning
The Center for Science Learning has federal, state and private foundation funding for a variety of initiatives that engage participants in science learning and contribute to our understanding about how people learn science.
Department of Natural History
In July 1999, the Museum's departments of Anthropology, Interpretation and Natural Sciences merged to create the Department of Natural History. The department's faculty curators, or professors, and full-time staff are responsible for increasing and managing the state's natural history collections. Faculty members are tenured in the Museum and teach courses and supervise students through eight UF academic departments.
The department's mission is to investigate and interpret human cultures and the natural world. This includes documenting, preserving and interpreting a systematic record of biodiversity, past and present; educating students and others about the natural world; and sharing expertise, collections and information with colleagues, students and the public. Although worldwide in scope, the collections emphasize Florida, the Southeast United States and the Caribbean, and form the basis for the Museum's exhibits and public programs.
In southwest Florida the department operates the Randell Research Center at Pineland, a research and educational outreach program of the Museum. Located on more than 50 acres in coastal Lee County, the site offers interpretive walking trails through Calusa archaeological features, public archaeology, a teaching classroom, bookstore, research facilities and more.
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
The Museum opened the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity in 2004. Located in the UF Cultural Plaza, the center is the world's largest Lepidoptera research facility and houses one of the world's largest collections of butterflies and moths. The center is devoted to collections-based research, public education and a living vivarium, the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit. This 6,400-square-foot screened enclosure features waterfalls and a walking trail, and is landscaped with tropical trees and plants to support hundreds of living butterflies and moths from around the world. Inside, visitors can explore other butterfly exhibits, including the "Wall of Wings," which reaches nearly three stories high and 200 feet long, and includes thousands of images and actual Lepidoptera specimens, information panels, videos and maps.