Our scientists are pioneering techniques that will accelerate the classification of new species, explain patterns of change in the natural world, measure global biodiversity, and tackle challenges in food and health.
The Museum’s vast collections of vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and microbes support our staff's unique expertise in evolutionary biology, biodiversity and systematics.
Understanding parasites and the organisms that transmit them to humans and animals.
Investigating the taxonomy, systematics and biodiversity of groups of invertebrates.
Life sciences news
The first complete blue marlin specimen to wash up on UK shores and be recovered in full has a new home at the Museum.
The first major study into the genes that control vision in snakes has found that the reptiles match their vision 2DBF to their lifestyles.
A toad's final meal helps Museum scientists demonstrate the origins of Bufo intermedius, solving a 150-year-old taxonomic mystery.
A huge range of animals and plants benefit from living in protected areas across the globe, a study has revealed for the first time.
The loss of species diversity has reached unsafe levels across 58% of the world's land surface, according to a new Museum-led assessment.
Museum-led research uncovers the pigments that give the sea snails Clanculus pharaonius and C. margaritarius their striking, colourful shells.