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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While an undergraduate, Museum graduate student Rebecca Pian and her colleagues and advisers found the tooth of what is, so far, the largest fossil platypus species on record.
Researchers on an expedition in Tibet recently discovered the oldest big cat fossil ever found, filling a significant gap in the fossil record.
Research by an international research team co-led by the Museum shows a surprising diversity of malaria parasites in West African bats as well as new evidence of evolutionary jumps to rodent hosts.