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Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology Fall 2016 Application Now Available!

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  • Access to one of the world's greatest natural history collections
  • A legacy of leadership in field and theoretical sciences
  • A long tradition of interdisciplinary approaches to research
  • public mission, providing a bridge between science and society


The Richard Gilder Graduate School is pleased to announce the promotions of two Curators in 2014-15, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations!


Profile: Estefania Rodriguez

Estefania Rodriguez

Promoted from Assistant to Associate Curator (with tenure), Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and from Assistant to Associate Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School



Susan Perkins

Promoted from Associate Curator (with tenure) to Curator, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and from Associate Professor to Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

New York Times: Earning a Doctorate on the ‘Night at the Museum’ Campus


Phillip Barden, who expects to receive his doctorate next week (Oct. 5, 2015) from the American Museum of Natural History, works on amber fossils of ants from Myanmar that lived 99 million years ago. Credit Christian Hansen for The New York Times.

By JAMES BARRON. It is an unconventional setting, but his soon-to-be alma mater in Manhattan is not part of a conventional university with a quadrangle and dormitories. The campus is a place that figures in millions of childhood memories, for its campus is a place where New York-area children get a first glimpse of creatures like dinosaurs or that whale.

Forbes 30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing The World


Shaena Montanari, 27

Postdoctoral research associate, Columbia University-American Museum of Natural History

At 24, Montanari earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Biology at the Richard Gilder Graduate School; she chemically analyzed the fossils of extinct animals, including dinosaur eggshells that showed what the Gobi desert was like 80 million years ago. Now she's focusing in using DNA barcoding to understand the diets of tigers and other mammals being overrun by humans to make sure they still have prey to eat.

New York Times Article: The Critter People   By TAMAR LEWIN.  Beyond the noisy throngs marveling at the  dinosaurs, the dioramas and the immense blue whale, up on the fifth floor where visitors are not allowed, the American Museum of Natural History takes on an entirely different character.   Video: "Every Day at the Museum"
On Monday, September 30, 2013, the Museum conferred seven Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Comparative Biology to the first candidates to complete the program, which is the first Ph.D.-granting program for a museum in the Western Hemisphere.  Read about the 2013 Richard Gilder Graduate School Graduates and watch a video of the full Commencement ceremony.

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