Research at the Institute

Scientists at Biodiversity Institute, which includes the KU Natural History Museum, conduct research in many ways. From searching through the jungles of the Philippines for frog specimens to building computer models of ecological change, Biodiversity Institute researchers strive to understand the forces behind evolution, extinction and evolutionary change.

Tracking the Sedge Wren

In his late teens, Mark Robbins observed sedge wrens in the countryside around his home. Thirty-five years later, as an ornithologist at the KU Biodiversity Institute, he studies them in a more methodical way.
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Web Builders

Using a particle accelerator, graduate student Erin Saupe searches for spiders in amber.
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Modeling the Future

Predictive modeling helps KU scientists understand when and where to expect ecological changes.
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