Odducators and Entertainment
Education? Entertainment? You won't be able to tell the difference.
A unique combination of science and style, Divya Anantharaman is New York City's premiere taxidermist. An award winning licensed professional preserving animals with honor and compassion, she recently took a Best of Show at the 2018 New England Taxidermy Competition, and is the coauthor of the book "Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy." Her specialties are birds, small mammals, and anatomic anomalies. She left the world of corporate fashion to pursue her love of natural history as the resident taxidermist at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, and has built a following creating taxidermy, skeletal, and entomology displays, along with jewelry and wearable art, for anyone who finds wonder in the natural world. In her commitment to conservation, she regularly works with various organizations like the Audubon Society, and volunteers as a rescuer/rehabber. She is a board member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, and her clients include museums, art galleries, and private collectors. Though her passion is demystifying taxidermy for curious clients through workshops and lectures. She takes great pleasure in seeing students progress as they expand on the skills learned in class, and enjoys connecting people with taxidermists as a positive and welcoming community. Her classes are designed to make the world of taxidermy accessible to absolute beginners, whether your interests are scientific, artistic, or something in between. All animal parts are legally and sustainably obtained.
Scott Kirkland is an anthropologist, focusing on the cranial and skeletal comparative anatomy. His specialties are human variation, human identification, and comparative mammalian osteology. His work focuses on understanding human variation, and why human crania differ between populations. He has 12 years of experience in teaching osteology and anthropology to children, college students, and the public. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of osteology and exposing students of all ages to the wonders of human variation. Through his classes he aims to demystify the world of osteology as well as dispel the pseudoscientific aspects of human classification. HIs students explore the ways in which humans are different, why they are different, mortuary practices, and what we can learn from studying human crania. His classes are designed to be accessible to all individuals.