Life Sciences Department

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.


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.


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.