Ashley Kempken

Collections Manager, Birds
302-658-9111, ext. 315

Ashley joined the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science as the Collections Manager of Birds in September 2023. She recently graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Heritage and Museum Sciences from Texas Tech University. Her thesis research focused on the comparison between museum professionals’ expectations and visitors’ perceptions in public exhibit spaces that utilize taxidermy in natural history museums within the United States. Ashley possesses a background in hands-on collections work, concentrated in vertebrate zoology. She has worked at the Natural Science Research Laboratory of the Museum of Texas Tech University, Milwaukee Public Museum, and University of Wisconsin Zoological Museum. She is interested in the care of collections, visitor studies, and data management.