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Seminars and Conferences

Museum Seminar Series 2015-2016

Throughout the academic year, the AMNH will present the weekly Museum Seminar Series at which presentations on a variety of scientific topics will be given by leading scientists, educators and AMNH curators.

Comparative Biology Seminars

During the first year, students will be required to attend each program in the Series and will meet prior to each program for a discussion of the pertinent literature, which they will be expected to have read prior to the lecture, for a total of two hours each week. First year students will earn one credit per semester for a total of two credits. After the first year, students’ participation is not required for credit, but will be strongly encouraged.

Seminars Meet in the RGGS Lecture Hall on the following Mondays from 11:00 am to noon unless otherwise noted.

Academic Year 2015-2016 Seminar Schedule
Fall Term 2015
Matthew Collins, The University of York, United Kingdom
"Palaeoproteomics - does protein analysis finally have something to offer palaeontology?"
Diego Alvarado-Serrano, The City College of the City University of New York
"Integrative phylogeography of a broadly distributed tropical rodent: assessing the genetic consequences of climate-induced distributional shifts in the northern Andes"
Deren Eaton, Yale University
"Phylogeny, introgression, and adaptation in plants revealed through genomic RADseq analyses"
Jing Mei O'Connor, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
"The Early Evolution of Aves"
Elizabeth Alter, City University of New York, York College and the Graduate Center
"Genome-wide data reveal cryptic phylogenetic structure and hybridization history in a rapids-adapted clade of riverine cichlids from the Congo River"
John Burns, American Museum of Natural History
"Green algal origins and a modern green alga-vertebrate symbiosis"
Evon Hekkala, Fordham University
"Finding the baseline: collections based research as an anchor for understanding global change"
Lee Hsiang Liow, University of Oslo
"Estimating diversification rates and hunting for their drivers in the deep past"
John Denton, American Museum of Natural History
"Molecules, Machines, and Methods: studies from the chondrichthyan tree of life"
Jeroen Smaers, Stony Brook University
"Developing a macroevolutionary context of the fossil record"
Spring Term 2016
Sioban Duffy, Rutgers University
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Martine Zilversmit, American Museum of Natural History
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Lauren Sallan, University of Pennsylvania
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Damon Little, New York Botanical Garden
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Angelo Soto, American Museum of Natural History
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Tracy Heath, Iowa State University
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Carl Simpson, Smithsonian Institution
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Elizabeth Jockusch, University of Connecticut
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Stephen Harris, Columbia University
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Christopher Martinez, American Museum of Natural History
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Earth and Planetary Sciences Seminars

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History holds seminars on most Thursdays through the Fall, Winter and Spring.  Please refer to the current schedule, and for more details on getting to the seminars, see Earth and Planetary Science Seminars.

EPS Seminar Schedule


Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium (NERVES)

Researchers from around the region are invited to the annual meeting of the Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium (NERVES)


Meeting details: TBA



Student Conference on Conservation Science at AMNH (NY)

The American Museum of Natural History will host SCCS-NY, the Student Conference on Conservation Science, in New York City on October 7-9, 2015.

Designed for graduate students and recent post-doctoral fellows, the conference specifically targets those pursuing or considering careers in conservation science. Students will interact with established leaders in science, policy, and management during three days of presentations, posters, workshops, and networking events. For more information, please visit 2015 Student Conference on Conservation Science New York.

Those wishing to apply to attend this conference should have completed, or be conducting a research project. Projects from any conservation-related course of study will be considered, including programs in the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Selection for participation in the conference will be based on the quality of one’s application as well as its relevance to conservation.

To apply, please go to 2015 Student Conference on Conservation Science New York Application.

A list of plenary speakers and workshop topics will be posted in the coming weeks.

For more information, please contact the CBC or visit the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation website.

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