Adriana Aquino

Scientist Adriana Aquino examining material under a microscope.

Senior Science Content Specialist (Professional Development)

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  • Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina), Ph.D., 1994
  • Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Argentina), Lic., 1990

Professional Interests

Dr. Aquino is a science content specialist in the Museum’s Education Division. Her main task is to develop scientific content for professional development programs and publications for educators, consultations, conferences, exhibits, and K-12 students. She also teaches graduate courses for educators through partnerships between the Museum and the City University of New York (Brooklyn and Lehman Colleges), Columbia University Teacher’s College, and the Bank Street School of Education. Course topics range from teaching about the different kinds of fish to how to teach science in informal settings such as museums and the nature of science. Dr. Aquino is also a Research Associate in the Museum’s Department of Ichthyology. Her scientific work has focused on the systematics of armored catfishes.


  • Aquino, A.E., A.M. Kelly, and G.U. Bayne. 2010. Sharing our teachers: The required graduate class at the American Museum of Natural History for Lehman College (CUNY). The New Educator 6: 225-246
  • Aquino, A.E. and S.A. Schaefer. 2010. Systematics of Hypoptopoma (Hypoptopomatinae, Loricariidae, Siluriformes). Bulletin of The American Museum of Natural History 336: 1-110
  • Aquino, A.E. and S.A. Schaefer. 2002. Structural diversity of the temporal region of catfishes: convergence in  functional integration of sensory systems. Zoologischer Anzeiger 241:223-244
  • Aquino, A.E. and S.A. Schaefer. 2002. Revision of Oxyropsis Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889 (Siluriformes, Loricariidae). Copeia., 2002(2): 374-390.
  • Aquino, A.E. and M.A. Miquelarena. 2001. Redescription of Hypoptopoma inexspectata, with notes on its anatomy (Siluriformes: Loricariidae). Physis, Secc. B, 58:134-135.
  • Aquino, A.E., S.A. Schaefer, and M.A. Miquelarena. 2001. A new species of Hisonotus(Siluriformes, Loricariidae), of the upper Rio Uruguay Basin. American Novitates no. 3333: 1-12.
  • Schaefer, S. A. and A. E. Aquino. 2000. The postotic laterosensory canal pterotic branch homology in catfishes. Journal of Morphology 246: 213-227
  • Miquelarena, A. M. and A. E Aquino. 1999. Taxonomic status and geographic distribution ofBryconamericus eigenmanni Evermann & Kendall, 1906 (Characiformes, Characidae). In: Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 112(3):523-530
  • Aquino, A. E. 1998. Topography of the extrinsic eye-muscles in four hypoptopomine species (Siluriformes: Loricariidae), with comments on myodomes in catfishes. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 8(3):231-238.
  • Lopez, H. L. and A. E. Aquino. 1998. Ictiología Continental Argentina: una aproximación histórica. Museo, Museo de La Plata, 2(11):77-82.

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Teaching Experience

  • Explorations of Nature (SCIE510), Bank Street College of Education, since 2006
  • Museum Resources for Teaching Life, Earth, and Space sciences (ESC 767.01), Lehman College, CUNY, since 2001
  • Seminars on Science: Ocean Systems, AMNH online course, since 2005
  • Seminars on Science: Diversity of Fishes, AMNH online course, since 2001
  • Seminars on Science: Evolution, AMNH online course, 2008
  • General Science (SCI 603), Brooklyn College, CUNY, 2002 – 2005
  • Science Instruction beyond the Classroom (716.25T), Brooklyn College, CUNY, 2002 – 2005
  • Life Sciences for Elementary/Middle School Educators (SCI 7501N),  CUNY, 2003
  • Ichthyology, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Arg.), 1992 – 1997


  • Topic: Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (ENV 22396), Pace University, 2006 – 2007
  • Junior Year Research Seminar (ENV 83397), Pace University,  2005 – 2007
  • Nature and Culture: A Study of Connection (ENV 110), Pace University, 2004 – 2007
  • The Biological World (BIO 110), Pace University, Faculty of Biology and Health Sciences, 2004 – 2005
  • Ichthyology, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Arg.), 1992 – 1997
  • Entomology, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Arg.), 1985 – 1988

Exhibition and Outreach Activities

  • Curriculum Topic Study on Biological Evolution (CTS). One-week workshop for K-12 teachers, 2007 – 2008
  • TRUST on Biodiversity and Evolution (Trust: Teacher Renewal for Urban Science Teaching) - Two-week institute for teachers and pre-service teachers through a partnership with Brooklyn, Hunter, and Lehman colleges (CUNY), 2009
  • The Missing Link”. Guest speaker in the series “The Mysteries of Science”, 2007 Humanities Program of the 92nd Street Y, New York, 2007
  • Reviewer of The World Almanac for Kids, a puzzler deck on Ocean Science (Chronicle Books), 2006
  • Scientific Consultant for a grade K-6 MacMillan/McGraw Hill Science: A Closer Look text book series (National and California version), 2006.

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