From 1996 to 1998, Dr. David Pawson served as the Associate Director for Science at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. He also worked as Acting Director of the Museum from 1995 through 1997, after beginning his association with them in 1964 as an Associate Curator.

Throughout his career, Dr. Pawson has collected around isolated islands including the Galápagos, Hawaii, New Zealand, Ascension, Bermuda, South Georgia, Deception and several Caribbean islands. His fieldwork has included the use of diving apparatuses and oceanographic vessels in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Antarctic. He has made over 200 dives in manned marine submersibles to depths in excess of 13,000 feet [3962 meters] and published over 200 articles and book chapters. [back]