Life sciences

Diving in Antarctica

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.

Genomics and microbial diversity

Researching genomics and the diversity of microbes in different environments.

Plants

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

Insects

Conserving and researching the Museum's vast insect collections.

Parasites and vectors

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

Invertebrates

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

Vertebrates

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

Collections

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.

Blogs

Read the latest posts from our life scientists.

Events

Seminars, conferences and other events for life scientists.