Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology

Unparalleled access to the resources of the Museum of Natural History, including its world-renowned collections, exceptional natural history library of more than 550,000 scientific volumes and over 45 distinguished faculty members...Details


AMNH Offers Unique Resources For Students...       

  • Access to one of the world's greatest natural history collections
  • A legacy of leadership in field and theoretical sciences
  • A long tradition of interdisciplinary approaches to research
  • public mission, providing a bridge between science and society

Featured Faculty

Dr. Cheryl Y. Hayashi

C.Y. Hayashi

RGGS Professor, Director of Comparative Biology Research, and Curator, Division of Invertebrate Zoology

Dr. Hayashi is fascinated by molecules of critical adaptive significance, particularly those that underlie the spectacular proliferation of spider silks. LEARN MORE >


Dr. Brian T. Smith

Brian Smith Rotunda Photo

Brian Smith is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Ornithology. 


RGGS Assistant Professor, and Assistant Curator, Division of Vertebrate Zoology (Ornithology)

Dr. Smith studies the evolutionary history of birds by combining specimen-based research, phylogenomics, biogeography, and statistical modeling. LEARN MORE >


Volunteer with the Gilder School

The Gilder Graduate School has an opening for a smart, dedicated volunteer to assist with many facets of the School’s work. Duties will range from data entry, proofreading and filing, to higher level projects such as conducting online research, assembling and sharing information, and assisting with special events. Experience working in Excel and Word is necessary. The hours are flexible within Mon-Fri., 9am-5pm. To be considered, apply here.


Museum Celebrates Fourth Commencement

RGGS Commencement 2016 Formal Group Photo

©AMNH/D. Finnin


On Monday, October 24, 2016, the American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Graduate School held its fourth graduation ceremony under the iconic blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life for five recipients of the Ph.D.-degree in Comparative Biology and 15 recipients of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.


Daily News: Washington Heights sixth-graders name just-discovered Dominican Republic-native wasp species ‘La Luz Brillante’

By REUVEN BLAU.  Sixth-graders at the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after an entomologist (RGGS Comparative Biology Ph.D. Student Bernardo Santos) at the American Museum of Natural History reached out for assistance.

Bernardo Santos

Entomologist Bernardo Santos speaks to students about the newly discovered wasp species at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School. (American Museum of Natural History)