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.
What We're Working On
Nancy B. Simmons
Dr. Simmons studies the morphology and evolution of bats, including living and fossils species.
Dr. Frost maintains an online taxonomic catalogue of the world’s living amphibians.
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Excavations at Mexico’s Valley of Oaxaca have recovered the region’s earliest known temple precinct, which, according to a new study by the American Museum of Natural History, existed about 1,500 years earlier than similar temples described by colonial Europeans. The findings are described this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In 1908, as an eager young assistant at the Museum, Roy Chapman Andrews got an opportunity that would transform his career as a field naturalist: a chance to travel the world studying whales.
The popular website PhD Comics has animated the thesis of Z. Jack Tseng, Ph.D., a Frick Postdoctoral Fellow in the Museum's Division of Paleontology. His thesis explores the evolution and bite of some "of the most awesome animals on Earth: hyenas." Watch the video.