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Eric Doehne


Eric@ConservationSciences.org
Eric Doehne is a professor and consultant specializing in historic materials, such as ancient pigments, ceramics, stone and concrete. He holds a B.S. in geology from Haverford College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of California, Davis.

Eric teaches Art Conservation at Scripps College, in Claremont, California where he has created four interdisciplinary courses as part of a new major. This program is the first undergraduate major in Art Conservation on the West Coast of the United States. A staff scientist and consultant for the Getty for many years, Dr. Doehne was also the 2012 International Chair at the University of Cergy Pontoise for the PATRIMA project in French cultural heritage preservation. He provides consulting services through ConservationSciences.com.

Eric Doehne coauthored “Stone Conservation: An Overview of Current Research, 2nd Edition” with Clifford Price at University College London. Available as a book and free PDF, published by the Getty Conservation Institute.

Dr. Doehne works at the intersection of science, art and technology on the composition, behavior, and treatment of inorganic materials. He has characterized material from the Sistine Chapel, the Dead Sea scrolls, paintings from Audubon to Van Gogh, The Getty Kouros, Chumash Rock Art, York Minster, the Laetoli Footprints (3.6 mya), and the First Photograph (1826) using his expertise in electron microscopy, geochemistry, and analytical imaging.

Recent work includes the Alamo in San Antonio, a workshop on Rising Damp in Galveston, a workshop on Ceramics Conservation at AMOCA, and a new course on Art Crime and Art Forensics. Previous projects include Magnesian Limestone in collaboration with English Heritage and Desalination of Porous Building Materials, a European Commission project. Online subject bibliographies by Eric Doehne to foster interdisciplinary research and teaching can be found on Mendeley and Zotero.

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