Origins, evolution and futures
We are experiencing a period of unprecedented global environmental change.
Our work and collections are more valuable than ever in helping scientists understand the response of natural and anthropogenic ecosystems to this change.
From the origins of the solar system to the evolution of new species, our collections are helping us understand key transitions in the evolution of life on Earth and predict the impact of environmental change in the future.
Extracting flowering time data from our collection of 610,000 British and Irish plant specimens to study the phenology of selected orchid species.
Examining how disease in fish is increasing in prevalence and severity as a result of environmental change.
Citizen science project examing the impact climate change is having on the UK's orchids using data from three centuries of Museum specimens.