On Sunday, February 25th, The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians hosted its 6th Annual Symposium in conjunction with the Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in the Linder Theater of the AMNH. The symposium included eight 10-minute talks by scientists from prestigious institutions across across the tri-state area including the American Museum of Natural History, New York Botanical Garden, Rutgers University, City University of New York, New York University and Columbia University. More than 120 people attended the event including 50 high school students from SRMP. Presentations focused on ongoing research in a variety of subjects including symbiotic relationships between parasites and hosts, hop diversity in the American southwest, dragonfly evolution in Neartic, volcanic lava flow in Indonesia, dolphin communication in New York sound, bird behavior and diversification, harvestmen diversity in the Amazon and dinosaurs in Wyoming.
A big thank you to Dr. Mark Weckel, Assistant Director of Youth Initiatives and his SRMP team for co-hosting the event with us! Funding for conference participation of students in the Science Research Mentoring Program of the American Museum of Natural History is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
To view more photos from this event, visit our gallery. All photo credit goes to Harald Parzer.
A complete list of presenters, talk titles and additional readings/resources recommended by presenters can be found below. To view the full program from this event with talk summaries and bios of presenters, visit here.
Understanding the symbiosis between parasitic worms and bacteria
Alexandra Grote, Ph.D. Candidate, New York University
Helminth infections: the great neglected tropical diseases
Wolbachia endosymbionts and human disease control
Defining Brugia malayi and Wolbachia symbiosis by stage-specific dual RNA-seq
The Wolbachia endosymbiont as an anti-filarial nematode target
Wolbachia: A Tale of Sex and Survival
Biodiversity of Wild Hops in the American Southwest
Taylan Morcol, Ph.D. Candidate, City University of New York and New York Botanical Garden
Meet the Wild Hop Hunters Saving Your Beer from Climate Change
Beer Sessions Podcast: Dr. Paul Matthews and Hopsteiner
Dr. Edward J. Kennelly Lab's Website
USDA Hops Genetic Resources
Hopsteiner Research and Development
Southwest Research Station AMNH
Aquatic urbanites and where to find them: Examining the presence of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Western New York Bight
Kristi Collom, Masters Student, Hunter College and American Museum of Natural History
Dr. Diana Reiss' Lab Website
Northeast Chapter for the Society for Marine Mammalogy led by K. Collom. To join please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Princess Cruises for Whale, Seal and Dolphin
Observing the ongoing eruption of Sinabung Volcano: A balance between science and safety
Dr. Brett Carr, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Physical Volcanology Lab Website at Columbia University (Dr. Einat Lev's Lab)
Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program- Catalog of Volcanic Activity All Over the World for the past 10,000 years, Including Weekly Updates of Ongoing Eruptions
Live data from Volcanoes and Spectacular Photographs
The real Dragon(fly)s of the past and present
Manpreet Kohli, Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University
Opening old boxes to ask new questions: "The Howe Quarry Project," reassessment of a dinosaur graveyard
Dr. Emanuel Tschopp, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, American Museum of Natural History