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Science at FMNH

A Video and Podcast Series


There are over 150 scientists working behind-the-scenes at The Field Museum of Natural History.  Curators, collection managers, research associates, post doctoral scientists, and graduate students study a wide array of topics from the evolution of dinosaurs to the development of cities in human society. 

These scientists study and manage the Museum’s vast collection of 24 million anthropological, botanical, geological and zoological specimens and objects from around the world. These collections--from narwhal horns to treeferns, fish fossils, and Chinese rubbings--help Museum scientists to understand and conserve the world's biological and cultural diversity.

Science at FMNH brings you a dynamic video or podcast that explores the research, collections and people that make this Museum a world-class research institution!

Science at FMNH is funded by The Grainger Foundation and produced by the Biodiversity Synthesis Group.

November 30, 2011
For this episode we are showcasing work from teen filmmakers working in the DNA Research Summer Residency at the Museum.
June 9 2011
We continue our discussion on emerging pathogens with Shannon Hackett to discover how museum collections can play a vital role in understanding biodiversity and its importance.
June 6 2011
In this video we explore the Emerging Pathogens project, a unique research program to understand the evolution of parasites and pathogens that result in diseases such as malaria and AIDS. This project will provide a database of pathogens, which could lead to important insights for how humans can...
June 2 2011
We continue our discussion with Matt Von Konrat by discussing the environmental impacts that threaten the existence of the descendants of early land plants.
May 30 2011
We continue our discussion with Matt von Konrat by exploring the unique structures called oil bodies that are found inside the cells of liverworts.
May 26 2011
We continue our discussion with Matt von Konrat by exploring the biological and environmental significance of early land plants.
May 23 2011
Discover the microscopic world of liverworts, hornworts and mosses as we speak with Matt von Konrat, Collections Manager & Adjunct Curator in the Botany Department at the Field Museum of Natural History.