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archaeologist , Museum director

Bonnie W. Styles, museum director, archaeologist. Achievements include research in prehistoric subsistence practices.


Styles, Bonnie W. was born on November 11, 1950 in Mesa, Arizona, United States. Daughter of Lois M. and James E. Whatley.


Bachelor in Anthropology, Arizona State University, 1972. Master of Arts in Anthropology, Northwestern University, 1973. Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, Northwestern University, 1978.


Chair, associate curator anthropology Illinois State Museum, 1977—1983, chair, curator anthropology, 1983—1988, director science Springfield, 1988—1999, associate director, 1999—2006, director, since 2006. Member national accreditation commission for museum American Association Museum, since 2007. Presenter in field.


  • Achievements include research in prehistoric subsistence practices.


  • Other Work

    • Project director (natural history exhibition) Changes (IAM Superior Achievement, 2004). Contributor articles to professional journals.


Science advisory committee Illinois River Coordinating Council. Board directors Natural Science Collections Alliance, 1999—2002, Society for American Archaeology, 1997—2000. President Illinois Archaeol.

Survey, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 1983—1985. Fellow: Illinois State Academy Science (board of directors 1998—2001), American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member: Society of America Archaeology, Illinois State Museum Society (executive secretary since 2005), American Association Museum (member accreditation committee since 2007), Association Science Museum Directors (secretary-treasurer since 2006), Midwest Archaeol.

Conference (president since 2006), American Quaternary Association (board directors 1997—2000, secretary 1998—2004), Sigma Xi.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, hiking.


Married Thomas R. Styles, May 15, 1976. Children: Megan A., Todd E.

Lois M.

James E. Whatley

Thomas R. Styles

Megan A. Styles

Todd E. Styles