#AskACurator This Wednesday

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Ever wonder what it’s like to work in a tropical rainforest? Or what ancient DNA is? Or how scientists are using specimens collected in the late 1800s to study extinct birds?

Then get your questions ready for this week’s #AskACurator on Twitter! 

Dr. Brian Smith  an assistant curator of ornithology in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, will be answering your queries on September 17 from 3 to 4 pm EDT.

His research focuses on the evolution of birds, and particularly on  the avian tree of life.  Just last week, his research about the speciation of birds in the Neotropics was published in the journal Nature. 

On Wednesday, you can ask Brian about his job, what it’s like to head into the field, his favorite bird, or anything else!

Tweet your questions to @amnh using the hashtag #AskaCurator. You can also tweet your questions in advance. See the list of museums participating in Ask a Curator Day and learn more in this Guardian article.