Diversity and informatics


The informatics team are creating the Museum's data portal making the collections and research data available to a global audience. We are also developing digital tools to analyse, exchange and communicate this data.

By uniting and analysing the data we are allowing scientists, policy makers and local communities to make informed decisions about the natural world.

Creating a digital infrastructure

Data portal

ViBRANT- tools for access and analysis

Biodiversity Data Journal

Supporting research

Scratchpads - biodiversity online

e Monocot - aggregating data

Digitisation of workflow

Informing policy

Looking to the future

Biogeography and phylogenetics research

We are researching a range of topics covering macroevolution, macroecology and human impacts on biodiversity.

Macroalgae, cyanobacteria and lichen research

Research includes mapping and recording seaweed biodiversity in the North Atlantic, detailed studies of red algae, the evolution, biodiversity, systematics and symbiosis of lichens, and the diversity, community structure and biogeography of cyanobacteria in polar regions.

Diatom research

Our research focuses on diatom biodiversity and the formation of their unique cell walls, in both extinct and existing taxa.

Diatom research

Protist research

We are studying the systematics and diversity of free-living ciliates, parasitic protists, microbial ecology and emerging disease

Ciliate taxonomy and diversity

Biodiversity research

We are using metagenomics to study tropical forests and ask long-standing questions about the diversity of the most complex ecosystems on Earth.

Molecular laboratories

Providing facilities and expertise for interdisciplinary research in molecular sciences.


Undertake professional and postgraduate training in the phylogeny, metagenomics and informatics of biodiversity.

Algal collections

Our algal collections are among the largest in the world and a rich source of important historical material.

Lichen collections

The Museum lichen collection is one of the world's largest and is an important research resource.

Diatom collections

A geographically and taxonomically diverse collection, with all major groups represented.

Attend seminars and conferences for scientists