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

Unparalleled access to the resources of the Museum of Natural History, including its world-renowned collections, exceptional natural history library of more than 550,000 scientific volumes and over 40 distinguished faculty members...Apply Now


AMNH Offers Unique Resources For Students...       

  • 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


Volunteer with the Gilder School

The Gilder Graduate School has an opening for a smart, dedicated volunteer to assist with many facets of the School’s work. Duties will range from data entry, proofreading and filing, to higher level projects such as conducting online research, assembling and sharing information, and assisting with special events. Experience working in Excel and Word is necessary. The hours are flexible within Mon-Fri., 9am-5pm. To be considered, apply here.


The Richard Gilder Graduate School is pleased to announce the promotions of two Curators in 2014-15

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: Museums, Always Educational, Now Confer Degrees


Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, which offers master’s and doctoral programs. 

Credit D. Finnin/American Museum of Natural History

By ROBIN POGREBIN. You don’t typically expect to go to a museum and come out with a degree in higher education.

But the American Museum of Natural History now offers a master of arts in teaching and a Ph.D. in comparative biology.

“Many of the most important issues of the day have science as a foundation,” said Ellen V. Futter, the museum’s president. “There’s a real need for a public understanding of these issues and, as a result, a stronger need for more scientists.”

Museum Marks Third Graduation


The 2015 graduates of the Museum's Master of Arts in Teaching (blue robes) and Ph.D. degree in comparative biology (green robes, center second row) programs.

© AMNH/D. Finnin

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.


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