Seminars and Conferences

Museum Seminar Series 2016-2017

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 2016-2017 Seminar Schedule
Fall Term 2016
Joe Parker, Columbia University
"An inordinate fondness for rove beetles: How ants have shaped beetle diversity"
Brant Faircloth, Louisiana State University
"Capturing Darwin's dream"
10-Nov-2016  (Thursday, 2-4:30 PM, Kaufmann Theater, 1st Floor)
RGGS 2nd Year Student Symposium
Rafael Maia, Columbia University
“Integrating development, constraints and selection in the study of avian color diversification”
*Special Seminar: 15-Nov-2016 (Tuesday, 11am, RGGS Lecture Hall)
Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz
"Genomics of parallel evolution and speciation during repeated adaptive radiations in cichlid fishes"
Sara Oppenheim, American Museum of Natural History
"Pushing the limits of electronic annotation: A case study with anopheline vectors of P. falciparum" 
Prosanta Chakrabarty, National Science Foundation
"Where is systematics headed?"
James Herrera, American Museum of Natural History
"Primate evolutionary ecology in deep time"
Spring Term 2017
Mansi Srivastava, Harvard University
"The evolution of regeneration: Insights from a new model acoel species"
Erika Edwards, Brown University
"Distinct Evolutionary Dynamics of C4 and CAM Photosynthesis"
Bridgett vonHoldt, Princeton University
"The molecular structure of domestication: A case study of canines”
Ellen Thomas, Yale University
"Life and Death in the Deep Sea at Times of Rapid Global Warming"
27-Mar-2017 (date change from March 3)
Lu Yao, American Museum of Natural History
"Phylogeography and phenotypic evolution of Macaca fascicularis in Southeast Asia"
Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Yale University
"Crooked of talon, curved of beak: Claws, jaws, and the advent of the modern bird"
Marc Laflamme, University of Toronto
"The First Mass Extinction of Complex Life"
Brendan Reid, American Museum of Natural History
"Demographic responses to Quaternary climate change at continental and global scales in aquatic turtles"
Carlos Daniel Cadena, Universidad de los Andes
"Tropical mountains: Biodiversity hotspots and hotbeds for studying evolutionary diversification"
Anna Savage, University of Central Florida
"Evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases in ectothermic vertebrates"


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

  2016 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: TBA


  Student Conference on Conservation Science at AMNH (NY)

October 20-22, 2016

Please visit 2016 SCCS-NY for details.

Download the Conference Poster