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educator , geologist , museum administrator

Emlyn Howard Koster, museum administrator, geologist, educator. Decorated chevalier Ordre des Palmes Academiques (France); recipient Tracks award Canada Society Petroleum Engineers, 1984, John Cotton Dana award New Jersey Association Museum, 2003, Christopher Columbus Foundation honor, humanitarian award, American Conference on Diversity, 2008.


Koster, Emlyn Howard was born on March 18, 1950 in Suez Canal Zone, Egypt. Arrived in England, 1953, Canada, 1971, came to the United States, 1996. Son of Douglas Albert and Dorothy Muriel (Roberts) Koster.


Bachelor of Science with special honours in Geology, University Sheffield, England, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy in Geology, University Ottawa, 1977.


Research scientist terrain science division Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, 1973-1974. Consultant Geo-Analysis Ltd., 1975-1976. Assistant professor department geology Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 1976-1977.

Assistant professor department geological science University Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 1977-1980. Research officer, project manager Alberta Geological Survey, Alberta Research Council, Edmonton, Canada, 1980-1986. Director Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller and Field Station, Dinosaur Provincial Park, United Nations Educational World Heritage Site, Alberta, 1986-1991.

Director general Ontario Science Centre, Agency Government Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 1991-1996. President, Chief Executive Officer Liberty Science Center, New Jersey, since 1996. Member Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Virginia, 1993—2002, Canada-China Dinosaur Expedition to Gobi Desert, China, 1987.

Visiting professor University Buenos Aires, 1988. President Geological Association Canada, 1996—1997. Member advisory committee Museum Management Institute, Getty Leadership Institute, California, 1997—1999.

Board directors Association Science-Technology Centers, Washington, 1993—2001. Vice president Giant Screen Theatre Association, Minnesota, since 2003. Member Interdisciplinary Planning Committee for Liberty State Park, New Jersey, since 1999.

Principal-for-a-Day New York Public Schools, 2001. Member senior advisory board Flandrau Science Center, Arizona, since 2002. Visiting professor Institute Marine and Coastal Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey, since 2002.

Board directors Prosperity New Jersey. Member advisory council Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance for New York Harbor. Advisor College of Science and Mathematics, Montclair State University, since 2004.

Keynote speaker International Forum on Culture of Science, Technology and Innovation in Society, Bogota, Colombia, 2004.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor papers in science journals. Author numerous field guidebooks, book reviews. Many interviews in field.

      International speaker at more than 125 science conferences, association events, conventions, workshops.


Member leadership council University of North Alabama of the United States of America. Advisor New Jersey Governor's Commission on Victims Memorial to the World Trade Center disaster, 2001. Board directors Hudson County Chamber of C., since 1997, Save Ellis Island! Foundation, New Jersey, since 2000.

Member board regents St. Peter's College, 1998—2003. Fellow: Explorers Club. Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science (committee on public awareness of science since 2003), New York Society Association Executives (board directors since 2004).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: ecology, culture, tourism.


Married Maryse Rémillard Koster, May 22, 1974. Children: Véronique Justina, Simon Emlyn.

Douglas Albert Koster

Dorothy Muriel (Roberts) Koster

Maryse Rémillard Koster

Véronique Justina Koster

Simon Emlyn Koster