Blogs & Videos: Science at FMNH

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.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 47 - DNA Residency Showcase

For the past two summers, youth who participated in the DNA Research Summer Residency planned, filmed, and edited short videos on the genetic research they conducted with Museum scientists.  All participants were trained in molecular biology laboratory methods and equipment used in The Field Museum’s Pritzker Lab/Rice DNA Discovery Center, gathered data relevant to current research programs, and learned about all aspects of the scientific method.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 44 - African Paleontology

The Permian and Triassic periods (approximately 299 to199 million years ago) are critical times in Earth history. Among the many important events that occurred during this interval is the largest mass extinction in Earth history. In 2009, Dr. Ken Angielczyk and an international team of scientists explored for and excavated fossils throughout Zambia to gain new insight into the causes of and recovery from the end-Permian mass extinction in terrestrial vertebrate-dominated communities.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 43 - Ancient Trade and Exchange in East Africa

Why do people trade? How and what ways have trade, traders, and trading communities influenced society? These are the big questions of Dr. Chap Kusimba's research.  One way that Dr. Kusimba tries to answer these questions is by studying the trade and exchange of glass beads and ceramics across the Indian Ocean from 700 A.D. to 1500 A.D.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 42 – The Production of Maya Blue

Dr. Gary Feinman, Professor Dean Arnold (Wheaton College) and museum colleagues used elemental analysis to unlock some of the secrets to the productions of Maya Blue - a pigment that the Mayans used to decorate objects, such as murals and ceramics, and paint human sacrifices at Chichén Itza.

Science at FMNH : Ep. 39 - Digital Planet: Antarctica Showcase

This summer, youth who participated in the Digital Planet: Antarctica program planned, filmed, and edited short videos on Dr. Peter Makovicky's 2010 paleontological expedition. These videos highlight the research, science and logistics necessary to excavate fossils in this harsh environment.

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