Post-Secondary

Degree Program
Richard Gilder Graduate School
Ph.D. in Comparative Biology
Taking full advantage of the Museum’s unparalleled resources, this Ph.D. program - the first for any museum in the Western Hemisphere - has graduated doctoral students who have gone on to careers in academia, museum curation, government, industry, and the private sector.

 

Degree Program
Richard Gilder Graduate School
Master of Arts in Teaching
Learn to teach Earth and Space science in New York City through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Urban Residency Program at the American Museum of Natural History; the first urban teacher residency program offered by a museum.




Rapid Change in a Warming World

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Rapid Change in a Warming World

Climate change isn’t always slow, small, and imperceptible in a human lifetime. Ice core analysis has found a single decade in which temperatures over Greenland shot up about 15 degrees Celsius.

The Climate Jump Heard 'Round The World

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The Climate Jump Heard 'Round The World

Scientists know that the unusual and rapid temperature jump of the Younger Dryas was felt over half the globe. But they're only now beginning to understand why.

NAO Who?

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NAO Who?

Name any debacle of nature, and someone will likely blame it on El Niño. But there’s another large-scale climate pattern that's been overlooked: El Niño's fickle Nordic sister, the North Atlantic Oscillation.

How NAO Does Its Thing

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How NAO Does Its Thing

Find out how each NAO phase spins its particular brand of atmospheric tumult, affecting temperature, precipitation, cloudiness, and windiness in different regions — sometimes to drastic ends.

NAO Data Hunting (and Gathering)

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NAO Data Hunting (and Gathering)

From the chilly depths of the Atlantic to ancient European forests, researchers are combing for data to explain the NAO's mysteries.

Forecasting the Unpredictable

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Forecasting the Unpredictable

Northern Hemispheric temperatures are now at their steamiest. Discover why scientists are concerned about global warming's potential backlash on the NAO.

Article: An Ode to O

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Article: An Ode to O

Where would the world be without oxygen? While it's hard to imagine an Earth without it, for nearly the first half of the planet's 4.5-billion-year history, Earth had no oxygen gas as part of its atmosphere.

Article: Earth Without Oxygen

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Article: Earth Without Oxygen

Where would the world be without oxygen? While it's hard to imagine an Earth without it, for nearly the first half of the planet's 4.5-billion-year history, Earth had no oxygen gas as part of its atmosphere.

Article: Life Makes a Mark

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Article: Life Makes a Mark

One of the biggest forces that's shaped planet Earth over time is microscopic in size. Explore the global impact of microbes.

Ghosts of Tsunamis Past

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Ghosts of Tsunamis Past

By unearthing sediment deposits tsunamis leave behind, scientists can study the waves' origins, extent, and frequency — and identify locations that have the geological apparatus to produce a tsunami, but haven't in written history.

From Math to Maps

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From Math to Maps

A tsunami hasn't affected the Pacific Northwest coast since 1964, yet bright-blue metal signs warning of them dot coastal streets. Find out why scientists are certain these communities are at risk.

Fear the Future Tsunami?

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Fear the Future Tsunami?

Why did Hawaiian officials evacuate Hilo Bay in 1986 after a 7.7 earthquake but call off an evacuation in 2003 after a 7.8 one? The answer is DART. Learn more.

Article: Yellowstone National Park is a Volcano

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Article: Yellowstone National Park is a Volcano

More than three million visitors step onto this charged volcanic landscape every year. Yet the geologists that monitor it are unconcerned about a large, imminent eruption. Find out why.

Article: Signs of Restlessness

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Article: Signs of Restlessness

The magma chamber responsible for Yellowstone's volcanic activity is buried 8km beneath the surface. Find out how researchers monitor its geologic moves.

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