Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) is an innovative gathering of ideas and presentations to innovate and fuel new ways to look at the world. Past speakers include David Axelrod, Hillary Clinton, Naomi Judd, George Lucas and Reverend Al Sharpton. Invited to the 2014 CIW Edison Talks, Bill Stanley, Director of the Collections Center at the Field, used specimens to explain how study of the diverse and unique library of material housed at the Museum constantly re-defines our understanding of earth. Read more about The Field Museum Collections help define the "edges" of life on earth
Blogs & Videos
Every day at The Field Museum we're exploring something new, whether it's hidden deep in our collections or being investigated out in the field. Tune in to our blogs and videos to learn about breakthrough discoveries firsthand from our Field Museum scientists, or discover what curiosity Emily Graslie has stumbled upon in our vaults, or see how our science is making an impact in the world around you.
Check out what our Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Emily Graslie, has explored on The Brain Scoop!
Explore the treasures of The Field Museum's collections with The Field Revealed video series.
Recent Blog Posts
Taking a break from our Amazon Adventures to bring you answers to all of life's biggest questions! .... or, just whatever you asked me on Twitter (@ehmee) or the Facebooks. Read more about Ask Emily #10
This taxidermied specimen of Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) has been on display the Field Museum's Ancient Egypt exhibit for about 27 years. Indeed, its name derives from the fact that ancient Egyptians considered the birds sacred (ironically, Sacred Ibis no longer occurs in Egypt). The exhibit's department decided it was time to do some repairs. It needs some clever work to make it look just right again; that's the job of Chief Preparator Tom Gnoske. Read more about Things seen in the Bird Division #8 (or: A once-sacred ibis)
Pregnant bats and the world's largest spider; your average evening in the Amazon. Read more about Two Bats and a Spider
Project Mentor: Dr. John Bates (Associate Curator, Birds, Integrative Research Center) Read more about Evolutionary atlas of Malawian birds
Project Mentor: Dr. Caleb McMahan (Collections Manager, Fishes, Gantz Family Collections Center) Read more about Systematics and Taxonomy of Cichlids in the Genus Thorichthys
Project Mentors: Dr. Matt von Konrat (Head of Botanical Collections, Collections Manager (Bryophytes & Ferns), Gantz Family Collections Center) and Dr. Felix Grewe (Postdoctoral Researcher, Integrative Research Center) Read more about Molecular Evolution of Quillworts (Isoetes)
Project Mentors: Dr. Corrie S. Moreau (Associate Curator, Integrative Research Center) and Manuela Ramalho (Visiting Graduate Student, Integrative Research Center) Read more about Let's discover the "invisible world" - Using next-generation sequencing to uncover the microbial community inside spiny ants
Project Mentors: Dr. Peter J. Makovicky (Associate Curator of Dinosaurs, Integrative Research Center) and Dr. N. Adam Smith (JC Meeker Postdoctoral Fellow, Integrative Research Center) Read more about An assessment of the relative thickness and density of limb bones in extinct diving birds (Aves, Hesperornithidae)
Project Mentor: Dr. Thorsten Lumbsch (Curator, Botany, Integrative Research Center) Read more about Is everything everywhere? - Understanding hidden diversity of tropical lichens