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.
The seven graduates entered the program in 2008 and 2009, completing their degrees in an average of about four years, with research specializations ranging across geochemical reconstructions of ancient environments and paleoecology from fossil teeth and eggshell, analyses of bioluminescent deep-sea fishes called lantern fishes, and the creation of the first timed phylogeny of scale insects.
Read more about the graduates below—and congratulations to all!
The Museum expresses its utmost appreciation to Richard Gilder, a steadfast and most generous benefactor and friend whose visionary philanthropy enabled the Museum to establish the Gilder Graduate School.
Additional support for the Richard Gilder Graduate School has been generously provided by the Hess Foundation, Inc.; an anonymous Museum Trustee; the City of New York; Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Gerstner Family Foundation; and the Annette Kade Charitable Trust.