Our global reach

World map of cutting-edge research

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

Our community of more than 300 researchers and curators form an international centre of scientific expertise, and our skills in biology and geology have never been more relevant to the world we live in. Countries across the globe are now recognising the urgency of the threats to their flora and fauna, and are striving to meet their responsibilities under the Convention on Biological Diversity. In addition, they are aiming to achieve sustainable development, which means using natural mineral and biological resources in the most effective way.

Working with colleagues and local communities, the Museum currently has projects and partnerships in over 60 countries. These projects give researchers valuable insights into past and present patterns of life on our planet and provide us with a better understanding of the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Each year we continue to refine our research to ensure that we meet future expectations of governments, communities and scientists. Our projects can be as diverse as researching the spread of insect-borne diseases to examining the activity and formation of volcanoes. All of them strive to make the world a better place.

Cartoon image of a hatchet fish on a museum pass

In World War II the Museum was used as a secret base to develop new gadgets for allied spies, including an exploding rat!