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Hi, I'm Eric Gyllenhaal, Aaron's and Ethan's Daddy.  Currently, 
I'm a stay-at-home Dad who works part-time as a museum 
consultant.  Here's some more background information:

bulletI was a teenage bug collector.  From ages 12 to 15, insects were the 
central passion of my life. 
   
bulletI've got lots of degrees.  I've got bachelor's degrees in Interpretive 
Work in Natural Resources (from Ohio State University) and Geology 
(from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis).  I also have 
a  Ph.D. in Paleontology and Stratigraphy from the University of Chicago.
  
bulletI'm a lifelong amateur and autodidact.  For most of my life. I have 
cycled through consuming passions every five years or so -- starting with 
reptiles and amphibians, then insects, ecology, birds, native plants, sea life, 
fossils, rocks and minerals, archeology, and Native American studies.  Even 
though I've earned degrees in some of these subjects, I still feel more like an 
amateur and an autodidact than anything else.  Now I get to relive my earlier 
passions with my kids -- and develop new ones, too!
  
bulletI've spent almost 40 years in the museum field -- which is pretty long 
when you consider that I'm only 50!  I started volunteering at age 11 at what 
was then called the Lake Erie Junior Nature and Science Center.  I've also 
worked at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis and the Field Museum in 
Chicago.  Now I consult with several different museums and zoos.  
  
bulletI've done Web site evaluation and audience analysis.  My recent 
consulting work with Selinda Research Associates has included evaluations 
and critical reviews of educational Web sites, plus analyses of the audiences 
who use these sites.  One reason I did this site:  I got tired of evaluating other 
peoples' sites, and I wanted to make my own!

  
You can e-mail me at Cicadas@SaltTheSandbox.org or at Webmaster@SaltTheSandbox.org

   


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