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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New work on an ancient meteorite in the Museum’s scientific collection has provided the first physical evidence that strong magnetic fields whipped the early solar system into shape.
Museum scientists have uncovered the fossil of a 52-million-year old beetle that likely was able to live alongside ants—preying on their eggs and usurping resources from the comfort of their nest.
Scientists have shown how gravitational waves—invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the universe—might be “seen” by looking at the stars.