Area: Natural History, Biodiversity
Exhibitions & Galleries: Gallery of Birds Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity
University of Toronto, 1995-2000
Sheridan College Photography, 1982-83
B.Sc., University of Western Ontario, 1981
Mark Peck is a technician in the Department of Natural History, and oversees the ornithology collection.
Mark’s career at the ROM began as a summer assistant on field expeditions with Ornithology Curator, Ross James. It was a natural choice for Mark, as he had been introduced to birding at an early age by his father, ROM Research Associate George Peck. After several field seasons as camp cook and tree-climbing-nest-finder, Mark was hired in 1983 as a technician in the Ornithology Department.
Mark has broadened his skills considerably since his early days in the field camps. Though he still regularly participates in field expeditions, he is also involved in collections management, public programs, gallery development (Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity), and has served as a curatorial consultant for several exhibitions (Audubon’s Wilderness Palette: Birds of Canada, and The Nature of Birds: A Photo Essay). Most recently, Mark was a member of the Gallery Development Team for the ROM's Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.
In addition to his duties at the ROM, Mark serves as a committee member and ROM liaison for the Ontario Bird Records Committee, and as a consultant for Ontario Birds/Ontario Field Ornithologists. He is the co-coordinator of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme, Program Director of the Toronto Ornithological Club, and a member of the Canadian Shorebird Science Support Team.
Like his father, Mark is an avid natural history photographer with a special interest in breeding and nesting birds. He has travelled worldwide with the ROM, but he still considers Ontario and the Canadian arctic his favourite research locations.
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