Discovery, origins and evolution

A kelp forest underwater with the sky and island above the water

A kelp forest © Katharine Moore/

We are experiencing unprecedented global environmental change.

From the origins of the solar system to the evolution of new species, our work and collections are helping us understand the response of ecosystems to this change.

Size matters: responding to environmental change

Predicting the impact of our rapidly changing climate on body size using well-preserved fossils.

Research on reef corals

Studying fossil corals to understand the biological consequences of past environmental changes. 

Extraterrestrial H20 hunters

Exploring new analytical techniques to determine the origins and history of water on planet Earth.