Collections-based research involves a wide variety of people interested in vastly different scales of space and time--from population genetics in mice to global climate change to galaxies across the universe Read more about Video: Fields of Thought
Blogs & Videos: The Field Revealed
Explore the treasures of The Field Museum's collections with The Field Revealed video series.
Are condors more closely related to hawks or to storks? New research constantly changes our understanding of how birds are related to each other. At the Field Museum, Shannon Hackett, John Bates, and Dave Willard keep close eyes on avian systematics, the study of evolutionary relationships among birds. In the past few years, Shannon has collaborated with researchers from other institutions on the Early Bird project to ask big-picture question of how all birds fit on the avian tree of life. Read more about Video: The Birds and the Trees
Properly piecing together a rare early human skull (12,000 to 15,000 years old!) is a difficult task, but Robert Martin and JP Brown are pioneering the usage of medical technologies to give us a better picture of what Magdalenian Woman really looked like. Read more about Video: Putting Heads Together
Olivier Rieppel and Jim Holstein tell the tale of the giant Lizard Eating Sovereign of the Sea (named Jim!). Touted as the "T. rex of the Sea," the Triassic sea monster was unearthed and brought back to The Field Museum where we hope to learn more about this new species. Research into this fascinating creature may teach us something about biodiversity crises and the recovery of ecosystems, both past and present. Read more about Video: A Sea Monster Named Jim
We're excited to present the first Field Revealed episode to highlight the Field Museum's rapid inventory work! This week's episode comes all the way from from Peru where local intrepid researchers have been carrying out "rapid inventories" with the Field Museum's Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) teams. Rapid inventories are swift surveys of species diversity in remote areas--information which is then provided to local communities as a tool for them to build conservation and education efforts. Read more about Video: Discovering New Plant Species in the Amazon
In the second season of The Field Revealed, staff members from the Museum continued to share their stories, as well as a few more candid moments. We hope you enjoyed watching the series as much as we enjoyed producing it. Take a look at the past year's "Out Takes" and have a laugh with us! Read more about Video: Out Takes 2012
Species names are important, and much like the species they refer to, names often change over time, too. Taxonomists have been struggling to keep track of them all since the origins of natural history. Binomial nomenclature, the standardized way in which scientists name species, was a major breakthrough. Read more about Video: What's in a Name?
With your generous support we have provided resources and programs for over 575,000 students, impassioned and trained the next generation of scientists, trained and provided critical resources to Chicago Public School teachers, discovered new species and new truths about our human ancestors, presented world-class exhibitions on critical environmental and cultural issues, and translated museum science into lasting results for conservation and cultural understanding. Read more about Video: A Special Thank You
When a meteor hits the earth, there is the possibility that it brings something very rare along with it: cosmic stardust older than our Solar System. Dr. Philipp Heck uses a combination of astronomy, geosciences and chemistry, to hunt for these presolar grains, which offer glimpses into our galaxy's past. Read more about Philipp's research and the Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Read more about Video: We Are All Stardust
Collections Assistant Jim Louderman wears many hats (some of which are tarantulas). In addition to preparing specimens for the Field Museum's Insect Collection, he collects insects and arachnids around Illinois and the central U.S., and participates in numerous public outreach programs. Read more about Video: The Man Who Mistook His Tarantula for a Hat