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.
We are a collections based museum with thousands of objects. Choose a collection below to start your search.
The Library's research collection is made up of more than 450,000 volumes as well as electronic resources and microform materials.
Type in a keyword or topic below to search our scientific publications database.
“In this kind of fieldwork, you have your reasons for wanting to go to a place, but you don’t always get what you want,” says Curator Ross MacPhee. “Sometimes, though, you end up finding something even more interesting.”
Researchers at the Museum used new technologies to shed light on the anatomy of these ill-understood arachnids.
Tens of millions of years ago, the frozen wastes of Antarctica were a temperate zone, thriving with life. Now Museum researchers are looking for the remains of those animals, which may include some of the first mammals.