Since it was founded in 2008, students at the Richard Gilder Graduate School have described more than 30 new species, some from the Museum’s extensive collections, others from field expeditions that are an integral part of their graduate school experience.
Fourth-year graduate student at the Richard Guilder Graduate School, Phillip Barden, and Curator and Professor David Grimaldi, his graduate advisor, discerned nine “new” species of extinct ants preserved in Burmese amber.
Elsa M. Redmond, a research associate in the Museum’s Division of Anthropology, was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Redmond, an anthropological archaeologist whose expertise lies in Latin America, is one of 84 scientists recognized in 2014 for “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”
A single tooth, part of a jaw, a piece of a skull: sometimes, that is all scientists have to tell the story of animals that went extinct millions of years ago. But new methods developed by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and Stony Brook University are making it easier to accurately place these animals in the tree of life with partial fossils and DNA data.