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40 Under 40 List Adds Bruce Museum's Daniel Kspeka

Daniel Ksepka, curator of science at the Bruce Museum, with his wife, Kristin Lamm, at the 2015 Fairfield County 40 Under 40 awards. Ksepka was honored at the event.
Daniel Ksepka, curator of science at the Bruce Museum, with his wife, Kristin Lamm, at the 2015 Fairfield County 40 Under 40 awards. Ksepka was honored at the event. Photo Credit: Provided

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Bruce Museum’s curator of science, Daniel Ksepka, has been named to the prestigious 2015 Fairfield County 40 Under 40 list.

Presented each year for the past 11 years by the Fairfield County Business Journal, the list recognizes 40 of the best and brightest professionals in Fairfield County who are under the age of 40.

“You’re the rising stars of Connecticut,” Harry Rilling, the mayor of Norwalk, said in addressing the honorees, according to a press release.

Ksepka has been at the Bruce Museum for a year.

“Museums have always been my favorite places, and it would be a proud accomplishment to make the Bruce Museum a wellspring for the next generation through our science exhibitions, like the Sauropod Dinosaurs in the American Museum of Natural History left an indelible mark in my own mind,” Ksepka said in a press release. “One of the other pleasures of building a museum collection is that your work survives in perpetuity. It would be rewarding to look back in 40 years and know that specimens added over my tenure are still providing data for scientists who were still students when the first lemur skeleton was added.”

Ksepka’s first exhibition at the museum is "Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past," currently on view in the science gallery.

“The story begins in Ancient Madagascar, when the island first broke away from the southern continents and started drifting into isolation with a cargo of dinosaurs and bizarre crocodilians,” said Ksepka in a press release. “Our exhibition includes casts of a carnivorous theropod dinosaur suspected of cannibalism and a snub-nosed, plant-eating crocodilian. We then move into the more recent past, when dinosaurs went extinct and Madagascar was repopulated by animals crossing the Mozambique Channel and radiating into the open ecological space. Here visitors encounter giant lemurs, pygmy hippos and the elephant bird, a giant flightless species with an egg holding the volume of 150 chicken eggs.”

"Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past" is on open through Nov. 8.

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