The Isles of Scilly are one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the UK. They support a rich and diverse cross-section of life but, due to the effects of climate change, the islands have been identified as under threat. We linked live to Scilly to meet our scientists on their field trip to study the molluscs (snails, slugs, squids and clams) that inhabit the islands. With Jon Ablett, Andreia Salvador and Miranda Lowe
Part of the Field work with Nature Live - Isles of Scilly 2013 series of events. In the Attenborough Studio, Pat Wolseley was hosted by Aoife Glass, and in Scilly, Tom Simpson was joined by curator of lichens, Holger Thues. Find out more in the blog: http://bit.ly/wb4ZV9
George Beccaloni searches for the location of Wallace's legendary house on the 'Spice Island' of Ternate, Indonesia. While living there in 1858, Wallace sent his essay on evolution by natural selection to Darwin in England. Wallace rented the house for 3 years and used it as his base, returning there after searching for rare specimens on distant islands. Many others have looked for it, so will George finally find it?
George Beccaloni reacts to the spectacular courtship display of Wallace's standardwing bird of paradise (Semioptera wallacei) in the rainforest of Halmahera Island, Indonesia. Males congregate at dawn and compete with each other to attract the drab females. Discovered by Wallace in 1858, he regarded it as one of his greatest zoological finds. 'Standardwing' refers to the four plumes that resemble flags or standards.
From violent eruptions to breathtaking lava flows, volcanoes are found across the globe and come in many different varieties. Join us to find out about these beautiful and dangerous phenomena from Museum scientists David Smith and Chiara Petrone, when we linked-live to them on 6 February 2013. David and Chiara were in Mexico to study Popocatepetl, the second-highest volcano in North America. With Camilla Wilkinson of the Open University in the studio.
Watch our 9 Feb 2013 Nature Live where we live-linked to our scientists studying one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico, Popocatepetl. See how these beautiful and dangerous phenomena behave and discover the different types there are in the world. With Camilla Wilkinson of the Open University in the studio and Chiara Petrone and David Smith of the Museum out in the field. The event was BSL interpreted - see what other BSL events are coming up.
Watch a 30 minute Nature Live talk with George Beccaloni and Caroline Catchpole about Wallace's early life and his adventures in the Amazon and the Malay Archipelago. The event on 25 January 2013 marked the simultaneous launch of the Museum's Wallace100 events programme and Wallace Letters Online, and it features footage of comedian and Wallace fan Bill Bailey unveiling the magnificent portrait of Wallace, newly reinstated in the Museum's Central Hall.
Meet Imperial College scientisit, Tim Cockerill, who has been out in the field studying parasitoid wasps. Hear about his recent experiences in Borneo and discover more about these diverse and important insects. We also link live via satellite connection to Museum scientists Dan Carpenter and Pat Wolseley and science communicator Charlotte Coales who are still in the field, discovering what insects they've encountered and what it's like living and working in the rainforest.
Meet Museum scientist Paul Eggleton who will be revealing the secrets of collecting insects and showing us some of the weird and wonderful equipment used on a recent expedition to the rainforests of Borneo. We also link live via satellite connection to another Museum scientist, Dan Carpenter and science communicator, Charlotte Coales who are still in the field, discovering what insects they've encountered and what it's like living and working in the rainforest.
Watch the video of the 4th Earth Debate, hosted by the Museum on 11 April 2012. The debate focused on how we can feed the anticipated global population of 9 billion people in 2050 and the changes that the UN's Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012 will need to instigate for it to be possible. This was the 4th and final Earth Debate in the Museum's Attenborough Studio, but you can continue the discussions online.
On a delightfully sunny spring walk in March, Museum botanist Fred Rumsey encountered a mystery mushroom. He brought it back to the Centre for UK Biodiversity to identify. Join Fred as he unravels the secrets the mushroom has to tell, sharing fungi identification tips along the way. Find out what other wildlife Fred saw on his spring walk Get involved in our identification forums