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Meet Our PhD Students

RGGS Comparative Biology Ph.D. Program students are making important discoveries thanks to new fossil and molecular evidence, cutting edge technologies, and the mentorship of the RGGS faculty. Their analyses have implications for the Tree of Life, biodiversity and conservation, disease prevention and control, and more. They are a remarkably accomplished group, regularly earning prestigious awards, prizes, and grants, and securing notable positions upon graduation. They hail from all across the U.S. and from many other countries. The Program's annual enrollment is generally 18 students, half of whom are women.

Richard Gilder Graduate School Collaborative Program PhD Students

AMNH also has a long and distinguished tradition of Collaborative Ph.D. Programs. The Museum's doctoral and postdoctoral training programs date from 1908 and are the oldest and largest of any science museum. Our current graduate training partnerships are with Columbia University, the City University of New York (CUNY), New York University, Cornell University, and Stony Brook University. These partnerships include course cross-enrollment agreements (currently with Columbia and CUNY), and service by AMNH staff as adjunct faculty for teaching, doctoral student advising, and field and laboratory work. Collaborative students enroll and register at the home university, and receive their degrees from that university, but study at the AMNH with AMNH scientists and alongside the RGGS Comparative Biology Ph.D. students. All students in the collaborative programs are members of the Richard Gilder Graduate School community. Collaborative Program PhD students who are Richard Gilder Graduate School Graduate Fellows are indicated with (GF). Click here to learn more about our Graduate Student Fellowship program.

Jasmine Bayron (GF) CUNY Earth & Environmental Sciences
John Bigolski CUNY Earth & Environmental Sciences
Nicholas Bock Columbia University Earth & Environmental Sciences
Laís Araújo Coelho Columbia University Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
Ellen Crapster-Pregont (GF) Columbia University Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
Andrew Emerick Columbia University Astronomy
Marina Gemma (GF) Columbia University Astronomy
Rachael Joakim (GF) CUNY Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Arianna Kuhn CUNY Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Lucas Rocha Moreira Columbia University Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
Rebecca Pian (GF) Columbia University Earth & Environmental Sciences
Julia Tejada (GF) Columbia University Earth & Environmental Sciences
Jen Tinsman Columbia University Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
Brian Weeks Columbia University Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
Abagael West (GF) Columbia University Earth & Environmental Sciences