Paleobiologist and Curator of Planktic Foraminifera

Medium shot of paleobiologist Dr. Brian Huber in a t-shirt out in the field working with his hands in a round metal bowl.
Dr. Brian Huber works with samples of marine sediments from a “core” of the Earth drilled in Tanzania. Image courtesy of Smithsonian.

Dr. Brian Huber is a paleontologist who joined the National Museum of Natural History in 1988 as Curator of Foraminifera, single-celled organisms that secrete a shell. Brian studies the long history of the ocean, and his research focuses on changes in global climate between 115 to 35 million years ago and the evolutionary dynamics and extinction of Cretaceous and Paleogene planktonic foraminifera during that time interval. Brian is also a curator of the museum’s acclaimed Sant Ocean Hall.

Brian was a shipboard paleontologist on several Ocean Drilling Program cruises, he has done field work in Antarctica, southern South America, and Spain, and, during the past seven years, he has been leading a Cretaceous marine sediment coring program in southeast coastal Tanzania. Brian is currently Chairman of the Department of Paleobiology. His fascination with human history, geology, and paleontology developed from childhood discoveries of Indian arrowheads and fossil tree trunks on family property in northern Ohio. He studied geology at the University of Akron and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in geological sciences from The Ohio State University.