Paul Mauermann  

Paul has been with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science since 2000 and has served as the SMNHC manager since 2004. He is originally from the Philadelphia area and moved to New Mexico in 1995. Paul has a degree in History and American Studies from the University of Delaware. Paul began his informal education career with the National Park Service where he worked at Independence National Historical Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Besides teaching the Ecology Field Program at the Center, Paul is responsible for most administrative and planning tasks.

Paul is the manager of the SMNHC and can be contacted for information on volunteering, donations, and general information regarding the SMNHC. Turn on JavaScript!


 Chris Modelski

Chris is a Michigan native that made the move to the warmer winters of New Mexico. He is a graduate Western Michigan University with a degree in Environmental Studies. He moved to New Mexico in 1999 and has worked at the Center since 2003. As well as teaching the ecology field program at the Center, Chris is involved with the recent conservation efforts at the Center, planning and organizing of our public program series, organizing the SMNHC outreach programs, creating and maintaining exhibits and facility and trail maintenance.

Chris is responsible for scheduling Traveling Ecology Field Programs and public programs.  Turn on JavaScript!


Rosie Emeny  

Rosie grew up in New Mexico and spent a lot of time camping and hiking in the Jemez and Sandia Mountains. After a year at UNM she transferred to Oregon State University to pursue a degree in Natural Resources. Rosie graduated in June 2008 and spent the following months exploring the natural areas in New Hampshire. While in New Hampshire Rosie worked and volunteered for Project Learning Tree and took their curriculum training. She is returning home to New Mexico to work for Fenton Ranch, where she worked for two summers in high school.


 Vince Case

Vince Case is the APS Resource Teacher housed at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center. Vince earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Delaware and his M.A. in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies from the UNM. Vince began his 15 year teaching career in 1994 on the Navajo Nation in Thoreau. From 200-2010 he taught at School on Wheels Alternative High School in Albuquerque where he worked to implement an experiential curriculum that integrates literacy, citizenship, and field based science education. Vince acted as a board member and treasurer of EEANM for 4 years. In 2009, the New Mexico Academy of Sciences recognized Vince as an “Outstanding Science Teacher.”


Mike Hermann

Mike is the Maintenance Technician here at the SMNHC. Mike was born in North Texas but has spent the last 60 years of his life here in New Mexico. After serving with the U.S. Marine Corp, Mike attended NM State University where he graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and a minor in Art Education. He spent the mid-70s teaching Art in Los Alamos Schools and spent his summers backpacking, camping and teaching environmental studies to Los Alamos students. After seven years of teaching, Mike became a free-lance artist. After he retired, he began looking for an opportunity that would allow him to stay involved in his outdoor interests, which brought him to the SMNHC.