London Natural History Museum

Original name(s)
    Institution Address

    Cromwell Road
    SW7 BD London

    Main areas of taxonomic expertise

    • Botany - Plant evolutionary and developmental studies, conservation and biodiversity analytical methods, nomenclature and typification, tropical seeding biology, molecular systematics, Solanceae systematics.
    • Vertebrates - Systematics and evolution of reptile, amphibian and fish groups. Biogeography and conservation. Bird eggs and nests.
    • Invertebrates - Systematics of insect disease vectors and insect pests of humans and domestic animals. Forensic entomology. Molecular and cellular evolution of parasitic protists. Deep sea biology (nematodes).
    • Soil microfauna diversity and soil ecosystem processes. Systematics of parasitic worms (trematodes, helminths and schistomes) in humans and domestic animals. Systematics and biology (including phylogeny and ontology) of Crustacean groups.
    • Palaeobotany
    • Fossil invertebrates - fossil annelids, fossil byrozoans, echinoderms, mollusca and sponges.
    • Fossil vertebrates - dinosaurs, fossil fish, fossil birds, all major reptile clades, Mesozoic mammals, fossil amphibians (late Devonian to Pleistocene), palaeobiogeography and palaeogeography of amphibians and reptiles.

    Type of organisation

    Institution Address

    Cromwell Road
    SW7 BD London

    Director Representative

    Dr.Vincent Smith


    Structure Chart

    url :
    file : nhm_science_group_organisation_chart.pdf

    Governing & Executive bodies

    The museum is divided into four groups under the directorate: These are Corporate Services, Development and Communications, Public Engagement and Science. Each group is further divided into Departments and Divisions. For a visual organogram of the Science Group structure please see the attached document.




    Staff fields

    staff_year of reference2019
    staff total924.0
    staff administrative (permanent)433.0
    staff administrative (non permanent)182.0

    General Description

    Museum research is extremely broad across the life and earth sciences. Life science Divisions include Insects, Invertebrates, Diversity and informatics, Parasites and vectors, Vertebrates, and Algae, fungi and plants. Earth science divisions include Economic and environmental sciences, Mineral and planetary sciences, Invertebrate and plant palaeobiology, and Vertebrate and anthropological palaeobiology. The museum also has a large and active Core Research Lab (CRL) facility including a conservation centre, imaging and analysis centre, digitisation centre and molecular biology unit. Science heritage research also takes place via the Library and archives department.

    Research priorities are structured via five ‘challenges’ according to our Science Strategy

    1) The digital NHM

    Research Page

    2) Origins, Evolution and Futures

    Research Page

    3) Biodiversity Discovery

    Research Page

    4) Natural Resources and Hazards

    Research Page

    5) Science, Society and Skills

    Research Page


    Link of the Research page :  Research Page

    Link of the Annual report :PDF document nhm_2015-16_annual_report-1.pdf

    Research Fields

    • Anthropology / Physical anthropology (46.20.00)

    Research Initiative

    Activities and outreach with Universities

    The museum collaborates in teaching Masters’ level courses, and in training PhD students via Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and individual collaborations:

    NHM/IC joint MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity (

    NHM/IC joint MRes in Biosystematics (

    NHM/UCL/IoZ MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation. (

    We are a host partner in four Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) DTPs: GW4+ (, London (, SPITFIRE (, SSCP ( and also co-supervise students within the Oxford NERC DTP (

    We are also a partner in the SEAHA (Science and Engineering for Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, DTP with UCL, Brighton and Oxford universities. We also co-supervise PhD students funded by other organisations, including Leverhulme Trust, John Spedan Lewis Trust, EU training networks, and different UK funding councils.


    Activities and outreach with other public



    Head of Postgraduate Studies.
    Dr Eileen J. Cox
    +44(0)20 7942 5290

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