Discovery Room

Meet the Scientist in the Discovery Room

October 7, 2017 - June 2, 2018

On select Saturday afternoons throughout the school year, children 7 years old and older are invited to join us upstairs in the Discovery Room for a chance to talk with an AMNH scientist as they share their passion for science and fascinating findings with us. Space is limited and tickets are distributed at the Discovery Room on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 2:15, 3:00, and 3:45.

2017-2018 Event Dates

  • June 2, 2018

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Meet the Scientist

Dr. Mercer Brugler

“Curious Coral: A Deep Dive

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
Sessions at 2:15 pm, 3:00 pm, and 3:45 pm

Mercer smiling, wearing a baseball cap, next to a research vessel.

Dr. Mercer Brugler is a deep-sea evolutionary biologist who uses DNA to discover new species of black coral. Black corals have been found living at 8,600 meters depth (=28,215 feet), and the longest living black coral has been aged at over 4,265 years old. Mercer will share stories from recent research cruises, including photos of the submersibles and remotely operated vehicles that are used to explore the ocean. Come take the plunge and find out why Mercer refers to coral communities in the deep ocean as "Dr. Seuss Land."

Meet the Scientist programs are for visitors 7 years old and older.