We are delighted to announce the 6th Annual Symposium of The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians hosted in conjunction with the Science Research Mentoring Program of the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday, February 25 from 2–4 PM in the Linder Theater at the American Museum of Natural History. We have another great list of presentations this year which touch on a variety of subjects including parasites, volcanos, dolphins, birds, arthropods and dinosaurs. Our presenters are based at prestigious institutions 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.

This event is FREE! However, space is limited! Please RSVP by sending an email to with subject: 2018 Symposium Reservation. Only confirmed participants will be allowed to participate. Facebook and Meetup ''attendance" will NOT be considered as a reservation. Confirmed attendees will be provided with logistic details for the event day.


Below is a list of presenters and presentations (see poster announcement above):

Genomic differentiation in Northern Cardinals of the North American warm deserts is maintained by behavioral isolation                                                                                            Kaiya Provost, Ph.D. Candidate, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History

Understanding the symbiosis between parasitic worms and bacteria                                    Alexandra Grote, Ph.D. Candidate, New York University

A brief look at the diversity and distribution of harvestmen in the Central Amazon, Brazil      Dr. Pio Colmenares, Museum Specialist, American Museum of Natural History

Biodiversity of Wild Hops in the American Southwest                                                          Taylan Morcol, Ph.D. Candidate, City University of New York and New York Botanical Garden

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

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

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

NB: Our photographer will be taking photos of this event for our website. If you attend this event and do not wish to have your photo posted to our website, PLEASE let us know in your reservation and we will accommodate.

NB: By attending this event, you agree that The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, Inc., its officers, its event organizers and leaders are in no way responsible for any injuries or property damage that occur during this event or travel to and from the event location. 

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.