Life sciences

Bryozoan polymetallic nodules

Polymetallic nodules are home to many deep-sea species, such as this bryozoan, image by Adrian Glover, Thomas Dahlgren, Helena Wiklund

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.

Invertebrates

Investigating the taxonomy, systematics and biodiversity of groups of invertebrates.

Algae, Fungi and Plants

Studying a wide variety of plants, including bryophytes, ferns and flowering plants.

Diversity and informatics

Using big data to research the evolution, ecology and interactions of a wide range of organisms.

Insects

Conserving and researching the Museum's vast insect collections.

Vertebrates

Determining the diversity, biogeography, taxonomy and phylogeny of vertebrates.

Collections

Browse our world-class collections of vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and microbes.

Museum blog

Read the latest blog posts from our scientists.

Core research labs and consulting

Our research labs are available for complex analyses of biological samples.