Nina Riggle

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Nina Riggle joined the Education Department at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in 2007. She began her journey in the Museum’s Science and Nature Program. Where she taught children and family science topics and maintained a large live animal collection (over 30 species) used as teaching specimens. She currently works as an instructor for Seminars in Science teaching a variety of courses and for Eastern Iowa Community College teaching Environmental Science online.

Nina received her B.S. in Zoology from Western Illinois University (2003). The following semester Nina began her master’s degree in Biology, also through Western Illinois University. While in her graduate program Nina taught introductory biology laboratories and learned she had a knack for communicating scientific terms and ideas. While completing her degree (2009), she began working for Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland as a zookeeper and lecturer. However, the lectures were not enough and when she was sent to New York to work the “Frogs, A Chorus of Color” exhibit at AMNH in the spring of 2007 she fell in love with the Museum and applied for a job with the Science and Nature Program.

Nina wrote her master’s degree on the evolution of the gray tree frog species complex (Hyla versicolor and Hyla chrysoscelis) that reside throughout the Eastern United States. She did this by extracting and amplifying cytochrome b, a gene located in the mitochondrial DNA, to observe the evolutionary pattern of this species complex. She is a naturalist and an educator, some of her favorite things are hiking with her family, especially her young daughter, and being able to learn from nature while they are all out having fun.