Discovery Room

Meet the Scientist in the Discovery Room

October 1, 2016 - June 3, 2017

On select Saturday afternoons throughout the school year, children 7 years old and older are invited to join us upstairs in the Discovery Room for a chance to talk with an AMNH scientist as they share their passion for science and fascinating findings with us. Space is limited and tickets are distributed at the Discovery Room on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 2:15, 3:00, and 3:45.

2016-2017 Event Dates

  • October 1, 2016
  • December 3, 2016
  • February 4, 2017
  • April 1, 2017
  • June 3, 2017

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Meet the Scientist

Dr. Evon Hekkala

“The Science of Dragons: What Can We Learn From Sacred Crocodiles and Their Relatives?”

Saturday, October 1st
Sessions at 2:15 pm, 3:00 pm, and 3:45 pm

Evon Hekkala

Dr. Evon Hekkala combines her interest in the arts and evolutionary biology to explore the ancient relationships between people and crocodiles. Her studies have taken her from the highest peaks of the Sierra Nevadas to the rainforests of the Congo and Madagascar. Today, she is a professor at Fordham University and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, where she uses the Museum’s collections to explore the evolutionary history of crocodilians and how their ability to resist disease may help humans discover new antibiotics.

Brush up on your crocodile knowledge ahead of the program:

Meet the Scientist programs are for visitors 7 years old and older.