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.”
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.
By TAMAR LEWIN. Beyond the noisy throngs marveling at the dinosaurs, the dioramas and the immense blue whale, up on the fifth floor where visitors are not allowed, the American Museum of Natural History takes on an entirely different character. Video: "Every Day at the Museum"
Meet the first 5 students at the new graduate school at the American Museum of Natural History -- the first museum in America awarding PhDs.
By ART MCFARLAND
NEW YORK -- A walk through the hall of dinosaurs, at the American Museum of Natural History, is all in a day's work for the young PhD candidates in a new program there. ABC News Video