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Edward Bronikowski, Senior Curator


With more than 30 years of hands-on experience, Ed Bronikowski brings an insider's perspective to the design and operations of museums, aquariums, and zoos. He has long been a champion for designs that deliver an exceptional visitor experience and operational systems that are user-friendly, energy efficient and an excellent value.

Ed began his career at the Cleveland Aquarium. As chief aquarist, Ed published on the collection, transportation, and culture of living corals, octopus husbandry, life-support systems, and marine fish diets.

In 1986, he joined the National Zoo and the design team for Amazonia. Concurrent to Amazonia, he had a term assignment to assist in opening the Department of Invertebrates, co-managed the team that developed the first free-ranging Golden Lion Tamarin exhibit, and was a collection manager in the Department of Mammals. In 1991, Ed left Washington, D.C., to oversee the construction of the state-of-the-art Florida Aquarium. He also served as a consultant for various projects in the U.S. and other countries.

Ed rejoined the National Zoo in September 2003 and is now assigned as Senior Curator in Animal Programs. He reports to the Associate Director for Animal Care and works with the teams for Invertebrates, Reptiles, Birds, Amazonia, and Beaver Valley.

Contact Information

mailSmithsonian National Zoological Park
Department of Animal Programs
P.O. Box 37012 MRC 5507
Washington, DC 20013-7012