Science for Art Collections, Archives, Architecture, and Archaeology

About Conservation Sciences   Art Conservation Explainer

Dr. Eric Doehne has more than 30 years of experience in the analysis and preservation of cultural heritage.


 Eric at the Alamo

Eric teaching in Karnak, Egypt


At the intersection of art and science, heritage and legacy, Conservation Sciences is an international consultancy that provides clients with independent, interdisciplinary scientific expertise to evaluate, diagnose, and preserve their cultural heritage.

Our mission is to investigate, understand, and preserve art collections, architecture, archives, and archaeology through sound science, education, training, and collaborations with a network of highly qualified conservation professionals. Understanding a work of art and how to stabilize it often requires scientific analysis, diagnosis, and technology.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Scripps College, Art Conservation Major:  With a focus on how science and technology are changing how we understand, preserve, and disseminate material culture in the 21st Century

Course for ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA

HSCI-207A:  Artifacts, Crime + Materials

(Spring 2024)


Articles by Eric Doehne can be found at PublicationsList.org, Google Scholar, ResearchGate.net, and Academia.edu


Recent article featuring Eric’s digital preservation class at Scripps College, ARCN144:  May 11, 2023  Digital Preservation Class Digitizes Scripps Campus and Archives  | Arts and Culture | by Lauren Mar ’25

News Articles on the results of a June 2023 Federal trial in Los Angeles.  Eric Doehne provided expert testimony for the Department of Justice about his 2019 scientific study of the mosaic for the FBI:

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Stone Conservation: An Overview of Current Research (Second Edition) PDF, a book on Stone Conservation by Eric Doehne (Scripps College) and Clifford Price (UCL) Order print version here: Getty.edu  Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk Amazon.de

Evaluating the condition of the Lummis House in Los Angeles for Occidental College, team member

Imaging Changes: Smartphone Cameras and Citizen Science Meet Heritage Conservation, at AAAS

HSR for The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas:  Alamo Church and Long Barrack:  Materials Testing, Conservation Science, and Recommendations Report by Eric Doehne

English Heritage and the Getty Conservation Institute - Magnesian Limestone

Salts and Desalination talk, New Orleans, LA. Salts of the Earth: Conservation of Historic Masonry Impacted by Salts and Rising Damp - A Symposium of the Louisiana Museum Foundation: Eric Doehne “Salts and Desalination - Myths and Realities”


Invited Guest Lecture, The San Diego Museum of Art:  “Ahead of Her Time:  Ellen Browning Scripps and the Story of Travel, Art, and Cultural Sustainability” October 16, 2020

The Art Detectives: How to Cheat Time, Investigate Art, and Sustain Culture, Scripps College, Fine Arts Foundation, Special Public Lecture Series, presented by Eric Doehne:


The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Research on outdoor sculpture conservation and desalination with conservator Rosa Lowinger. San Marino, 2010-2012

Getty Conservation Institute, Masonry Desalination Short Course, New Orleans, May 2010, Principle Investigator. 

Teaching conservation technicians at field school in Luxor, Egypt, January 2010, for ARCE.org


“Art Crime and Forensic Science: The Case of the Aphrodite and the Kouros” Scripps College, Noon Academy Lecture, Nov. 11th, 2014, Eric Doehne

American Museum of Ceramic Art – AMOCA -Ceramics Conservation Workshop, Pomona, CA, 2014

Built Heritage Conference, 2013, Milan: “Measuring Change in Art--The case for citizen science and time-lapse imaging of material cultural heritage-Eric Doehne- BH2013-Keynote-Abstract

Galveston Historical Foundation, Rising Damp Symposium 2013, Galveston, TX