Catherine Hawks

Catharine Hawks

Areas of Expertise

Preventive Conservation

Catharine Hawks is an objects conservator specializing in the care of natural science collections and is Museum Conservator for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field and has worked with nearly 100 institutions in the US and abroad on issues relating to care of these collections.  She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation and a Professional Associate of and former board member of the American Institute for Conservation. 

Catharine Hawks co-teaches Preventive Conservation Concepts (prerequisite) and Preventive Conservation Techniques with Shelly Sturman.


Selected Publications

Williams, S. and C. Hawks (eds.). 2006. Museum Studies: Perspectives and Innovations. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York. 281 pp.

Hawks, C., M. McCann, K. Makos, L. Goldberg, D. Hinkamp, D. Ertel, and P. Silence (eds.). 2009. Health & Safety for Museum Professionals. Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the Health and Safety Committee, American Institute for Conservation, New York. 646 pp.

Hawks, C., E. Cooney, and D. Lunde. 2014. Integrated pest management for natural history collections: the Importance of visual Inspection. In Proceedings of the ICOM-Conservation Committee 17th Triennial Meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 15-19 September (peer reviewed electronic publication).

Elkin, L., C. Norris, R. Waller, C. Hawks, J. Simmons, J. Southward, M. Coughlin, S. Stauderman, and S. Sturman (eds.). In press. Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage. Society for Preservation of Natural History Collections, American Institute for Conservation, and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.