Home to more than 200 scientists who work across the broad disciplines of anthropology, astrophysics, biology, Earth and planetary sciences, and paleontology, as well as to one of the world's most extraordinary collections of specimens and artifacts, the Museum is a leading research institution with world-class facilities and researchers who carry out 100 field expeditions around the world each year. Through the Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only U.S. museum to award the Ph.D. degree.
What We're Working On
Nancy B. Simmons
Dr. Simmons studies the evolution of living and fossil bats using both morphology and molecular data.
Dr. Frost maintains an online taxonomic catalogue of the world’s living amphibians.
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Research spearheaded by the Museum confirms that modern sharks belong to an ancient lineage stretching back to ancient fishes called acanthodians.
Across the world and for millions of years, army ant colonies have been infiltrated by impostors—beetles that pass for ants and make their living as parasites.
The turbulent waters of the lower Congo River drive the rise of new fish species, according to new DNA analysis of the river’s rock-dwelling cichlids.