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Museum Seminar Series 2018-2019

Throughout the academic year, the AMNH will present the weekly Museum Seminar Series at which presentations on a variety of scientific topics will be given by leading scientists, educators and AMNH curators.

Comparative Biology Seminars

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During their first year, RGGS Comparative Biology Ph.D. students are required to attend each program in the Series and will meet prior to each program for a discussion of the pertinent literature, which they will be expected to have read prior to the lecture, for a total of two hours each week. First year students earn one credit per semester for a total of two credits. After the first year, students’ participation is not required for credit, but is strongly encouraged.

Seminars Meet in the RGGS Lecture Hall on the following Mondays from 11:00 am to noon unless otherwise noted.

Academic Year 2018-2019 Seminar Schedule

FALL 2018
Dr. Aaron Heiss, American Museum of Natural History  
Talk Title TBA  
Dr. Michele Lanan, Southwestern Research Station, American Museum of Natural History  
“Evolution, biomechanics, and social function of a marvelous valve structure in the gut of ants”  
Dr. Tetsuya Nakamura, Rutgers University  
"The genetic mechanisms of appendage evolution from fish to tetrapods"  
Dr. Bob Thacker, Stony Brook University  
"Is sponge diversification mediated by microbial symbiosis?"  
*17-Oct-2018 (Special Seminar, 2:00 PM, Wednesday)  
Dr. Michael Turelli, University of California, Davis  
"Tempo and mode of Wolbachia acquisition across Drosophila"  
Dr. James Witts, American Museum of Natural History  
"The life and times of ammonoid cephalopods: evolution, ecology, and extinction in the Late Cretaceous"  
Dr. Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian  
Talk Title TBA  
*01-Nov-2018 (Special Seminar, 12-1pm Brown Bag, Thursday)  
Dr. Corey Toler-Franklin, University of Florida  
“Optical Imaging Systems for Simulating Biological Material Structures”  
Dr. Liz Alter, The City University of New York (CUNY)  
Talk Title TBA  
Dr. Selina Cole, American Museum of Natural History  
"Phylogenetic community paleoecology of one of the earliest complex echinoderm faunas"  
Dr. Vivek Venkataraman, Institute of Advanced Study in Toulouse  
"The evolutionary ecology of grass-eating monkeys"  
*29-Nov-2018 (Thursday, early afternoon [likely 2pm], Linder Theater, 1st Floor, AMNH)  
10th Annual Student Symposium  
Presentations by Second-Year RGGS Students  
Dr. Emanual Tschopp, American Museum of Natural History  
"Understanding sauropod dinosaur population structure from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of the Western United States, one of the greatest megaherbivore communities of all time"  
NOTE: Dr. Santiago Catalano's talk moved to April 29, 2019  
Dr. James Higham, New York University (NYU)  
“Understanding the production and maintenance of primate variation: a sensory ecology approach”  
Dr. Simone Hoffmann, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)  
“Beyond bizarre: gondwanatherian mammals from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar”  
Dr. Philip Skipwith, American Museum of Natural History  
Talk Title TBA  
Dr. Lacy Knowles, University of Michigan  
Title TBA  
Dr. Carlos Prada, University of Rhode Island  
Title TBA  
Dr. Benjamin Titus, American Museum of Natural History  
Title TBA  
Dr. Sarah Knutie, University of Connecticut  
Title TBA  
Dr. Sharlene Santana, University of Washington  
“Bat cranial diversity: from ontogeny to macroevolution”  
Dr. Brenna Henn, University of California, Davis  
"Reconstructing Human Population History in Africa"  
Dr. Santiago Catalano, Argentinian Unidad Ejecutora Lillo  
"The analysis of shape data in phylogenetics: old evidence, new approaches"  


Earth and Planetary Sciences Seminars

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History holds seminars on most Thursdays through the Fall, Winter and Spring.  Please refer to the current schedule, and for more details on getting to the seminars, see Earth and Planetary Science Seminars.

EPS Seminar Schedule

  2019 Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium (NERVES)

Researchers from around the region are invited to the annual meeting of the Northeast Regional Vertebrate Evolution Symposium (NERVES)

Meeting details: TBD


  Student Conference on Conservation Science at AMNH (NY)

October 24–26, 2018

Please visit 2018 SCCS-NY for details.

Download the Conference Poster