Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology: Application for Fall 2018 Now Available!

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...APPLY NOW

 

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. 

©AMNH/D.Finnin


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.

 

Richard Gilder Graduate School Celebrates Fifth Commencement

Formal group photo of graduates in robes.

The 2017 graduating class of the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History included three doctoral graduates and 13 MAT graduates.

© AMNH/R. Mickens


By AMNH

On Wednesday, September 27, honorees, faculty, and guests gathered under the blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to celebrate the awarding of Ph.D. degrees to graduates of the Museum’s Comparative Biology program and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Earth Science degrees to some of New York State’s new science teachers

 

2017 PH.D. PROFILES:

Dr. Zac Calamari

Zac with the skull a of large perissodactyl, possibly a fossil tapir, found during his 2016 field trip to Washakie Basin, Wyoming.  © R. Pian

Zac with the skull a of large perissodactyl, possibly a fossil tapir, found during his 2016 field trip to Washakie Basin, Wyoming. 

© R. Pian


Dr. Amber Paasch

Paasch holds up a liquid specimen in a tube with a gloved hand.

Paasch holds a tube of millions of microscopic algae in front of the incubator in the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics.

Courtesy of A. Paasch


Dr. Michael Tessler

On a trip to northwest Arkansas in Spring 2016, Tessler checks a crayfish for worms that are leeches’ closest relatives.  © 2016 Ironside Photography LLC

On a trip to northwest Arkansas in Spring 2016, Tessler checks a crayfish for worms that are leeches’ closest relatives. 

© 2016 Ironside Photography LLC