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Since its founding, The Field Museum has been a leader in the kind of research that can only be carried out in the rich biological, geological, and cultural collections of a natural history museum. We focus on Earth and its diversity—origin, evolution, and distribution. Our unusual breadth encompasses the social sciences (anthropology), biological sciences (botany and zoology), and earth sciences (geology, paleontology and meteoritics). Our researchers publish in leading journals, conduct fieldwork in more than 30 countries, and pursue collaborative projects around the world. They employ new technologies like high-throughput DNA sequencing and CT scanning, as well as tried and true methods like peering through microscopes and taking measurements, to mine the wealth of data in our collections. Our scientists also engage in graduate and undergraduate education in partnership with the major local universities (University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University) and are active in training scientists in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific in all of the Museum’s scientific disciplines.
Field Museum lichenologists Thorsten Lumbsch and Robert Lücking brought together over 100 colleagues from institutions world-wide to describe a total of 100 new species in a single publication.
Across 3 vertebrate "Tree of Life" grants, the NSF funded nearly $1.7 millions dollars to Field Museum zoologists to help resolve relationships among the birds, squamates, and euteleost fishes.