Museum research

Scientific study at the Museum does not just take place in the laboratory – many of the projects take place in the field from far flung places across the world. The work also has global implications – such as the study of disease, agriculture and climate change. Discover the innovations, implications and inspirations behind the Museum’s work.

  • Oliver Crimmen
    Meet our scientists

    Discover the passions and mission of our scientists.

  • Museum scientist with a Malaise Trap in the Borneo rainforest
    Measuring biodiversity and extinction

    Find out in these videos how Museum scientists are helping to work out how many species exist worldwide and how many are endangered.

  • Scanning electron microscope image of the head and proboscis of a female mosquito.
    Museum's DNA projects video shorts

    Watch these videos to discover some of the Museum's molecular projects and how the results are used across the world.

  • Dr Adrian Glover examining a giant scale-worm from the Antarctic deep sea
    Marine life in Antarctica

    Museum marine biologist Adrian Glover reveals the diversity of life in the Antarctic deep sea and explains why it might be changing.

  • An enlarged image of cyanobacteria, an extremely successful group of microorganisms.
    Extreme survival of cyanobacteria

    Join Museum scientist Anne Jungblut to investigate how cyanobacteria survive in Antarctica’s lakes and how these important organisms have helped shape life as we know it.

  • A mosquito, anopheles labranchiae
    Mosquito research - a day in the life video

    Follow in the footsteps of Museum scientist Dr Yvonne Linton as she travels to the Kent marshes to look at mosquitoes and studies their DNA.

  • Iconic dodo painting by Roelandt Savery
    Researching the dodo

    The dodo has become an icon of extinction. But is the popular image of this flightless bird wrong? And could the ecosystem in Mauritius, where it once lived, be restored?

  • Behind the scenes at the Museum
    Behind the scenes with Clare Valentine - 09/03/2007 (video)

    Ever wondered what it is like to spend a day working behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum? Two students found out.

  • Green worm, Allolobophora chlorotica
    British earthworm identification guide and survey

    An easy-to-use identification guide to live earthworms has been developed by the Museum to support a national earthworm survey. Find out more.

  • Strawberry, specie of Fragaria
    What's under the lens?

    From a house fly to a head louse, can you guess the identity of these magnified images? Find out about scanning electron microscopy and how our scientists use these powerful microscopes.

  • Discovery and understanding
    Discovery and Understanding

    From malaria to midges and climate change – investigate the work of scientists at the Museum.

  • Collecting and Society
    Collecting and Society

    Discover the value of collections to society, as well as how specimens are collected and the surrounding ethical considerations.

  • Specimens and Knowledge
    Specimens and Knowledge

    What is a specimen and where do they come from? With over 60 million life science specimens, where better to find out than the Museum?

  • Peer review
    Peer review

    Get in an insight into how scientists convince the world their ideas are worth publishing in this video.

  • Photograph of Museum scientist looking out over volcanic landscape
    Our global reach interactive map

    Explore our interactive map and discover some of the cutting-edge research that we are currently undertaking across the globe.

Neil Bowman showing his fossil discoveries to Museum archaeologist Simon Parfitt

New video: Clues to Britain’s own ancient Atlantis

A treasure trove of fossils found on a UK beach could point scientists to the world's oldest undersea archaeological site.

Museum archaeologist Simon Parfitt discusses the finds.

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Science blogs

Science blogs
Read what our scientists are up to in their latest blog posts.