Life sciences

Oceanographer Piotr Kuklinski researching bryozoans in Antarctica

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.

Diversity and informatics

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


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


Conserving and researching the Museum's vast insect collections.

Parasites and vectors

Understanding parasites and the organisms that transmit them to humans and animals.


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


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


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

Core research labs and consulting

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


Read the latest posts from our life scientists.


Seminars, conferences and other events for life scientists.