The informatics team are creating the Museum's data portal making the collections and research data available to a global audience. We are also developing digital tools to analyse, exchange and communicate this data.
By uniting and analysing the data we are allowing scientists, policy makers and local communities to make informed decisions about the natural world.
Biogeography and phylogenetics research
We are researching a range of topics covering macroevolution, macroecology and human impacts on biodiversity.
Macroalgae, cyanobacteria and lichen research
Research includes mapping and recording seaweed biodiversity in the North Atlantic, detailed studies of red algae, the evolution, biodiversity, systematics and symbiosis of lichens, and the diversity, community structure and biogeography of cyanobacteria in polar regions.
We are using metagenomics to study tropical forests and ask long-standing questions about the diversity of the most complex ecosystems on Earth.