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An AMNH research team has mapped the genome of bedbugs in New York City and come up with some surprising findings (both positive and negative). The team included two current RGGS PhD students (Jonathan Foox and Michael Tessler), two current/former RGGS postdocs (Mercer Brugler, Sabrina Simon), a Columbia-AMNH PhD alumus (Sergios Kolokotronis), and three RGGS faculty members (Drs. George Amato, Rob DeSalle, and Mark Siddall). 

The Richard Gilder Graduate School's latest recipients of the highly competitive NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIGs):
Danny Barta - Dinosaur growth, development & intraspecific variation (Advisor Dr. Mark Norell)
Zac Calamari - 3D morphometrics & transcriptomics of mammal cranial appendages (Advisor Dr. John Flynn)
Michael Tessler - Origins and evolution of bloodfeeding in leeches (Advisor Dr. Mark Siddall)
Brian Weeks (RGGS Partner student, Columbia University) - Avian mixed flocks & assembly in the Solomon Islands (Advisor Dr. Joel Cracraft)

Latest congratulations go out to:

Michael Tessler, who, along with a team comprised of RGGS@AMNH faculty and affiliates including Dr. Mark Siddall, just published the first study of leech anatomy using CT scanning technology here at the Museum …  Their findings were also recently discussed in a New York Times article:

RGGS PhD Graduate Ansel Payne for his latest article in TIME: …

Columbia RGGS Partner Student Jianye Chen - A new @SciReports paper by @AMNH/@Columbia student Jianye Chen on incredible spade-foot #frog fossil from Mongolia! …

Santiago Claramunt, Postdoctoral Fellow Alumnus for his research article with AMNH Curator Joel Cracraft, published in Evolutionary Ecology on "A New Time Tree Reveals Earth History's Imprint on the Evolution of Modern Birds"

Stephanie Loria for her National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant to visit the Indonesian islands of Sualwesi and Halmahera for her project "Patterns of Diversity and Endemism of Indo-Pacific Island Scorpions"

Kelly Speer for winning the Koopman Best Student Paper Prize at the 2015 North American Symposium on Bat Research!

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Bernardo Santos recently presented the talk "Evolution of convergent functional systems in a hyperdiverse clade of parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Cryptini)" at two conferences: the Evolution meeting in Guarujá, Brazil and the Linnean Society Biannual meeting in Oxford, UK.

Bernardo Santos

Courtesy of Bernardo Santos

Bernardo is also describing a new species from the genus Necolinoceras from the Dominican Republic. He worked with the Urban Advantage program at the AMNH to have sixth grade students from a school in Washington Heights, a neighborhood with New York City’s largest Dominican population – choose the name for the new species. After a morning of activities with the students talking about the importance of taxonomic biodiversity research, they chose "La Luz Brillante," meaning "the bright light".

Anna Holden’s paper on fossil galls has been published in Quaternary Research and is also now featured on the AMNH blog. Anna also gave two oral presentations and a poster presentation at The Willi Hennig Society Conference 2015. In addition, Anna received significant funding support from UC Irvine to continue her work on radiocarbon dating and stable isotopic research of Rancho La Brea insect chitin at the W. M. Keck Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, thanks to Dr. John Southon from the W. M. Keck Lab; she also received funding from The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County/La Brea Tar Pits and Museum for travel to conduct lab research.

Anna Holden

Courtesy of Anna Holden






The Diamondback: UMD alum receives Ph.D. from American Museum of Natural History


Courtesy of Eugenia Gold

By JESS NOCERA. As far back as Eugenia Gold can remember, she has wanted to know more about dinosaurs. “It was something that chose me and not the other way around,” the 2008 University of Maryland alumna said.

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.

Read about our 2015 Ph.D. Graduates:

Phil BardenCarly TribullEugenia Gold - Andre de Carvalho

Welcome to the NEW RGGS Students and Postdoctoral Fellows!

The Richard Gilder Graduate School hosted its Annual Staten Island Yankees outing on September 4, 2015 to welcome the new students and postdocs.

Staten Island Yankees 2015

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Richard Gilder Graduate School 2015 Incoming Students:

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From left to right - Anna Ragni, Madison Hansen, Jeremy Frank, Julia Tejada (Columbia DEES-AMNH Graduate Fellow) and Kelly Speer

Biology and Physical Sciences REU 2015

The Richard Gilder Graduate School had its 2015 Biology and Physical Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Internship Program.  An exceptional group of students presented their work at the Annual REU Symposium on August 5th and 6th.  Our congratulations to them and another successful REU summer!

Biology REU Program 2015                                                                                                                                                             

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Physical Sciences REU 2015

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