Our distinctive approach to research is to use the combination of our collections and our specialist expertise in taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, natural resources, planetary science, evolution and informatics to tackle scientific questions in novel ways.
Discover more about the new approaches we are taking to our key areas of research, such as biodiversity
Our researchers are focusing on tropical forests to tackle long-standing questions about the diversity of the most complex ecosystems on Earth.
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The life and earth science collections of the Museum comprise some 70 million specimens or items. The collections cover virtually all groups of animals, plants, minerals and fossils.
Museum scientists are studying the origins of the planet, the earth's resources and the evolution of life.
Researching the diversity of life on earth studying the biodiversity of species, ecosystems and environment.
Explore one of the world’s finest collections of natural history literature, artwork, photographs and manuscripts.
The Museum runs world class Molecular laboratories, Imaging and analysis and Conservation facilities.
Search the directory for staff working in science at the Museum.
The latest research articles, books and other publications produced by the Museum's scientists.
Find out what scientific seminars and events are taking place in the Museum's science group.
Browse our data about taxonomy, biodiversity, evolution and natural resources or search our collections for specimens and collections.
Watch the video to see how Museum scientists discovered the worlds smallest fish.
Strange life forms have evolved in the peat swamps of Southeast Asia, harsh habitats once thought to be devoid of life. Eleanor Adamson, fish researcher, introduces some recent expedition finds, including the world’s smallest fish.
Get updates from Erica McAlister, Curator of Diptera in the Entomology collections team.
Some of the earliest signs of modern human culture are linked to climate change.
Chytrid fungus has been found in caecilians for the first time.