Saturday, November 19, 2016

Dr. Mark Siddall, curator, the American Museum of Natural History

An entire day at the American Museum of Natural History in New York today with very good friend Dr. Mark Siddall. Mark is a curator, researcher, and Professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH. As an evolutionary biologist, his illustrious career has been devoted to uncovering biodiversity and evolutionary histories. He returned yesterday from 3 weeks doing field work and specimen collection in South America.

After spending the day behind the scenes at the Museum in the CT scanner, electron microscope, and genetic sequencing laboratories, and the collections storage facilities (the home of many type specimens collected over almost 150 years), we sat down in Mark's office to chat for a spell. Apologies for the audio quality and the abrupt ending, the recorder stopped about 2 minutes before we finished. The Natural History of Cuba exhibit we mentioned opens in late November, 2016.

http://explorers.institute/podcast/MarkSiddallAMNH.mp3

Exhibitions Mark has curated at the Museum include The Power of Poison (http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/the-power-of-poison), Picturing Science (http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/picturing-science), and Undersea Oasis. He is also co-curator of the Hall of Ocean Life (www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/biodiversity-and-environmental-halls/milstein-hall-of-ocean-life). His popular book (illustrated by his charming wife, good friend Megan Gavin) Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences, is available at Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Poison-Sinister-Species-Consequences-American/dp/1454907649).

More about Mark here: http://www.amnh.org/our-research/staff-directory/mark-e.-siddall

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