As curator, Ms. Fulkerson oversees the B. Naylor Morton Research and Collections Center, an innovative center created to provide visible access to the vast and diverse collection of the Witte Museum when not on display in the museum’s galleries. She works with the curators, archivist, collections manager, and registrar to ensure the long-term preservation and interpretation of the collection.
Thomas L. Adams, Ph. D.
Curator of Paleontology and Geology
As curator, Dr. Adams participates in the acquisition, curation, preparation, and conservation of the fossil, mineral, and rock collections. He creates exhibits for the New Witte Dinosaur Gallery and Dino Lab. Provides education and expertise in paleontological resources for students, educators, and the general public through museum exhibitions, public education, and scientific lectures. Dr. Adams conducts field- and laboratory-based research that expands the scientific understanding of fossil vertebrates. Dr. Adams most recent work has focused on the study of dinosaur tracks located within the Government Canyon State Natural Area in Bexar County, Texas. In addition, he continues to conduct research on crocodyliform evolution and biodiversity in Texas and paleobiogeography of Mesozoic ecosystems.
Bryan Bayles, Ph.D., MPH
Curator of Anthropology and Health
As curator, Dr. Bayles oversees the Witte Museum’s pioneering H-E-B Body Adventure powered by University Health System. As a Medical Anthropologist engaged in active field research throughout South Texas and Mesoamerica, Dr. Bayles provides expertise in the design, implementation, and evaluation of culturally competent community health programs. A member of the Mayor’s Fitness Council and UTHSCSA Department of Family & Community Medicine, Dr. Bayles works closely with an ever-widening range of community partners to ensure that the Witte Museum’s H-E-B Body Adventure continues to be at the forefront of a new national model for the empowerment of families in healthy living and lifelong learning.
Bruce M. Shackelford
South Texas Heritage Center Curator
As curator, Shackelford creates exhibits and does research for the Robert J. & Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage and other Witte changing exhibit spaces and programs. He reviews all Witte work that investigates the historic era of Texas and its influences from the arrival of the explorers in the 1500s to the present. He has also written two books as part of his work at the Witte Museum.
Curator of Texas Wild
As curator, Ms. Holdsworth assists with the acquisition of animal and other relevant specimens for the Natural History collection. She helped design and create the McClean Family Texas Wild Gallery, the SWBC Live Lab, and the East Foundation Land Stewardship Lab. She also works with the Programs Department on design and execution of youth and adult educational programming for the Witte. Helen represents the Witte Museum on the board of the Land Heritage Institute, the Alamo Monarch Collaborative, and the San Antonio-Texas Children in Nature organization. She works with local and state conservation organizations to extend the reach of the museum. Previously, Helen worked for the Texas Wildlife Association and Texas Brigades. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University, an Associate’s degree in Ranch Management from Texas Christian University, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Harry Shafer Ph.D.
Curator of Archaeology
As a curator, Dr. Shafer assists with the acquisition of archaeological specimens from south Texas that are appropriate for the Witte Museum’s mission. He helped to design the Kittie West Ferguson People of the Pecos Gallery, (name) Rock Art and Lifeways Labs. Like all curators he works with the Programs Department on design and execution of youth and adult educational programming for the Witte. Dr. Shafer received his B. A. and Doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and is Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University. He is co-owner of Abasolo Archaeological Consultants in San Antonio.