Home to more than 200 scientists who work across the broad disciplines of anthropology, astrophysics, biology, Earth and planetary sciences, and paleontology, as well as to one of the world's most extraordinary collections of specimens and artifacts, the Museum is a leading research institution with world-class facilities and researchers who carry out 100 field expeditions around the world each year. Through the Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only U.S. museum to award the Ph.D. degree.
Dr. Simmons studies the evolution of living and fossil bats using both morphology and molecular data.
Dr. Frost maintains an online taxonomic catalogue of the world’s living amphibians.
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Scientists have shown for the first time that deep-sea fishes that use bioluminescence for communication are diversifying into different species faster than other glowing fishes that use light for camouflage.
There are more than 5,400 mammal species—and more than one-fifth of them are bats. In early 2012, Museum Curator Robert S. Voss discovered a new bat species in Peru.
For nearly a century, the Solomon Islands—an archipelago of nearly 1,000 islands just east of Papua New Guinea—have beckoned biologists from the American Museum of Natural History with an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna, from beautiful mollusks to reptiles and majestic bird species found nowhere else.