Life Sciences Department
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.
Investigating the taxonomy, systematics and biodiversity of groups of invertebrates.
Conserving and researching the Museum's vast insect collections.
Algae, Fungi and Plants
Studying a wide variety of plants, including bryophytes, ferns and flowering plants.
Determining the diversity, biogeography, taxonomy and phylogeny of vertebrates.
Diversity and informatics
Using big data to research the evolution, ecology and interactions of a wide range of organisms.
Life sciences news
How natural history museums can help fight future pandemics
Data on three bat families will be released on an open platform and made available to researchers all over the world.
Not feeding as a tadpole speeds up frog evolution
Frog skulls have revealed that a frog's environment is the main driver of its skull shape, but that tadpole feeding behaviour influences how fast frogs evolve.4 May 2021
Sugar: a killer crop?
The world's sugar addiction is destroying tropical rainforest.
We need to act now to save nature
It will cost us double to preserve nature unless we act now, Museum scientists have found.11 February 2021
Perfectly preserved 4,000-year-old beetles uncovered
A pristine pair of ancient beetles were discovered in the Museum collection. They date back nearly 4,000 years.28 January 2021
New insights will help the world protect future wheat supplies
The world needs wheat crops that are bountiful, disease resistant and able to thrive in soil without fertilisers.25 November 2020
One of the world's biggest sanctuaries for wildlife has just been created
The most remote inhabited island in the world has become one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries on the planet.13 November 2020
New species of monkey is already critically endangered
The Popa langur lives on an extinct volcano in Myanmar.11 November 2020
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.