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Seminars and Conferences

Museum Seminar Series 2014-2015

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 2014-2015 Seminar Schedule
Thom van Dooren, University of New South Wales, Australia
"Authentic crows: identity, captivity, and endangered species management"
Alex Pyron, George Washington University
"Ecological and evolutionary drivers of species richness across scales"
Joe Pickrell, New York Genome Center
Liam Revell, University of Massachusetts
Rebecca Rundell, SUNY-ESF 
Josh Drew, Columbia University
Sara Ruane, American Museum of Natural History
Richard Ree, Field Museum
01-Dec-14 (CANCELLED- will be rescheduled for the spring)
Jocelyn Sessa, American Museum of Natural History
Kristofer Helgen, Smithsonian Institution
Special Seminar: TUE, 09-Dec-14
Michael Schatz, Cold Spring Harbor Labs
The Resurgence of Reference Quality Genomes using 3rd Generation Sequencing Technologies
06-Jan-2015 (TUESDAY)
Isabelle Vea
"A look into scale insect extreme sexual dimorphism through Juvenile Hormone regulation"
Cecille Ane, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Challenges with comparative methods for big data and complex models"
Pincelli Hull, Yale University
"Resolving Communities through Time: the promise and challenge of measuring biotic sensitivity in Cenozoic oceans"
Dan Ksepka, Bruce Museum
"Avian diversification patterns across the K-Pg boundary: influence of calibrations, datasets and model misspecification"
Ronald Sandler, Northeastern University
Adrien Perrard, American Museum of Natural History
"Combining landmark data and phylogenetic analyses: can we tell the story of wasps from the lines of their wings?"
Corinne Myers, Harvard University
Alex Badyaev, University of Arizona
Jocelyn Sessa, American Museum of Natural History
Jason Brown, City College of New York
“Integrating spatial and genetic analyses in evolutionary ecology field studies”
David Jablonski, University of Chicago
Claire Fraser, University of Maryland


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 third annual meeting of the Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium (NERVES)


The symposium will be held on March 28th, 2014 in the Richard Gilder Graduate School seminar room, inside the American Museum of Natural History. It will run from 8:30 am - 5 pm. The event is being organized by third-year graduate students Eugenia Gold (RGGS) and Abby West (Columbia Univ./RGGS), with support from Dr. Beatty & Dr. Mihlbachler of the Dept. of Anatomy at NYIT COM.

Meeting details:

Primary Organizers – Eugenia Gold & Abby West

Date – March 28, 2014

Location – Richard Gilder Graduate School seminar room (across from Anthropology)
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

RSVP by March 14. Registration will be approximately $15, and a final amount will be confirmed before the event. May be paid by check (made payable to AMNH) or cash on the day of the event. 

Please send the title of your presentation, authors, and institutional affiliations to Eugenia Gold ( by March 14th.

Plan for a brief 7-8 minute talk with 2-3 minutes of questions.

Food and Drink: A light breakfast will be provided, with hot and cold drinks available throughout the day. There will be a lunch break where participants can explore the many dining options available around the museum. If you have any special dietary needs, please contact Eugenia Gold by March 14th.

Directions: Maps and directions by car, train, and bus can be found here ( Please use the 77th street (midblock between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.) entrance to the museum.

Parking: Parking is available in public garages or the AMNH garage for a fee.


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 15-17 October 2014

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 2014 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 2014 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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