Our Mission

The Center for PostNatural History plays a vital role in increasing understanding of human entanglement with the natural world. While humans were once mere participants in the evolutionary process, we are now a primary force shaping it, from the indigenous origins of agriculture to genetic engineering. Such profound transformation necessitates public education, awareness, and dialogue, which PostNatural provides through exhibitions, workshops, collaborations, and multimedia content.

In association with the Swiss Musée d'histoire post-naturelle (MHPN)  led by Gil Oliveira.

PostNatural History n.

  1. The study of the origins, habitats, and evolution of organisms that have been intentionally and heritably altered by humans.
  2. The record of the influence of human culture on evolution.


The Center for PostNatural History is made possible in part by generous support from the following contributors: The Kindle Project, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Waag Society, The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Media Arts Fellowships (funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through the Tribeca Film Institute), New York State Council on the Arts, The Schenectady Museum, our museum visitors, and possibly YOU!

Photo by Stephanie Strasburg

Richard Pell - Founder, Executive Director, & Curator of PostNatural Organisms
Lauren Allen - Ex-Officio Director of Science and Learning

POSTNATURAL Board of Directors

Dr. Stuart Candy - Chair

Maria Silvestri - Secretary

Reed Taylor - Treasurer

Maggie Hartnick - Director

Dr. Steven Tonsor - Director


Devin Gaichas, Neve Monroe-Anderson