Carrie Eaton

Position title: Museum Curator


Phone: 608-262-4912

111 Weeks Hall

Lab: B117 Weeks Hall
1215 West Dayton Street

Professional Summary

I have served as Museum Curator for the UW Geology museum since 2009. During my tenure, I have curated and installed multiple permanent and travelling exhibits, secured external funding strictly dedicated to collections support, directed graduate and undergraduate students using and working in the collection, and managed a permanent collection that includes over 150,000 historical, geological and paleontological specimens. Each semester I mentor undergraduate and graduate student employees, museum interns, and students enrolled in Directed Studies courses with me which focus on the management of geological and paleontological collections.

Grant Funded Museum Projects

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Instructional Laboratory Modernization grant, Project Director, $82,000, 2020-2021
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America, Project Director, $250,000 for collections rehousing, 2020
  • UW2020 Research Grant, Co-Investigator; $297,000 for collections digitization, 2017-2019
  • Conservation Assessment Program Grant; Project Director, $7,400 for a collections conservation assessment, 2017
  • The American Girl Fund for Children; Project Director; $10,000 for public educational programs at Dane County libraries, 2015
  • Brittingham Trust; Project Director; $12,000 for exhibit work and outreach programs for The Wisconsin Mastodon Project, 2014
  • National Endowment for the Humanities; Project Director; $6,000 for Improving the Storage Environment of the UWGM Historical Collections, 2013-2014
  • GLNF CESU; Principal Investigator; $32,074 for Cataloging of NPS Geological Specimens at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Geoscience, UW Geology Museum, 2010-2014


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  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections – Federal Collections Committee Co-Chair and Best Practices Committee
  • University of Wisconsin Staff Assembly – District 435 Alternate
  • University of Wisconsin Natural History Museums Council