Research & Collections

The KU Natural History Museum is a part of the Biodiversity Institute, a University of Kansas research center that is home to more than 8 million specimens of plants and animals collected worldwide and 1.2 million archeological artifacts. More than 120 scientists and graduate students in the institute study the planet's species, ecosystems and past cultures. Their work is critical to understanding the diversity of life and for predicting the future: changes in populations, threatened species, the spread of disease and the influence of pest species.