Eva Hoffman

Eva Hoffman sitting at a table with small boxes of fossils

Eva A. Hoffman is a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History and a PhD student in the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School. Originally from Maryland and South Carolina, she holds an MS in geosciences from the University of Texas and a BA in anthropology from Yale. She researches the origin and early evolution of mammals. In particular, she studies the anatomical and physiological changes that occurred in the ancestors of modern mammals between about 300 and 100 million years ago. A major part of her previous and ongoing research focuses on the evolution of mammalian reproduction, including changes in litter size and the origin of milk. 

Eva studies the fossil record using a combination of traditional and newer techniques. For example, she uses CT scanning to examine delicate fossils that are obscured by rock and to visualize the internal anatomy of both extinct and living species. She loves exploring museum collections and making new discoveries about fossils that have been hidden away for decades. 

Eva also loves teaching. As a master’s student, she taught lab sections of courses on dinosaurs and mammals. She has also worked as a writing tutor and as a math tutor.