Life science at the Museum covers a diverse range of subjects, including butterflies, parasites, orchids and algae. Meet some of our researchers and curators.
Our mollusc curator looks after everything from Vietnamese land snails to giant squid, participating in the stories of our collections.
Our UK plant expert can find small and hidden species and also works to conserve rare plants.
Our deep-sea biodiversity expert explores remote oceans of the world, finding unusual creatures on whale bones, isolated seamounts and in the deep Antarctic.
Our parasitic fly expert looks at larvae and maggots to help in murder investigations and to fight disease.
Our herbariums curator scours the archives for evidence of climate change and invasive species, and even helps the police with criminal cases.
Our fly curator tries to repair the reputation of these much-maligned insects and uses them in novel research projects.