Discover life on earth at the Florida Museum with this collection of images, audio, video, apps, ID guides, and live cams. Also explore some of our research and collections resources.

What Does It Mean?

Genetics: the science of genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms.

Systematics: the study of relationships among living things through time.

Molecular Systematics: the analysis of hereditary molecular differences, mainly in DNA sequences, to gain information on an organism’s evolutionary relationships.

  • Genetic Resources Repository Virtual Tour See how the Museum’s genetic specimens are stored in a liquid nitrogen freezer and learn how plant and animal tissues are prepared for this special collection.
  • Cowrie Genetic Database Project This project has been established to rigorously examine the phylogenetic relationships within this diverse group of marine snails using a variety of DNA molecular markers.

  • Florida Museum Science News and articles about Florida Museum natural science research. From collecting expeditions to new discoveries by Museum researchers, Science covers a range of topics for aspiring scientists and curious spectators.
  • Florida Museum’s YouTube Channel Watch videos about museum research, events and programs, exhibits and more.
  • Florida Program for Shark Research The FPSR is involved in many areas of shark research, including shark biology, ecology, and behavior. In addition, the FPSR monitors shark attacks through the International Shark Attack File and promotes shark conservation and educational outreach through such programs as Project Shark Awareness.
  • Research on Freshwater Fishes Find out more about the findings from several active research teams studying invertebrates around the world.
  • Herbarium Research Projects Herbarium staff and students participate in diverse projects spanning traditional morphological plant systematics, floristics, plant anatomy, molecular analysis and pollination ecology.
  • Invertebrate Zoology Research Find out more about the findings from several active research teams studying invertebrates around the world.
  • South Florida Aquatic Environments Learn about three imperiled south Florida ecosystems – the Everglades, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys – along with the role of museum collections in providing a historical taxonomic and distribution database.
  • Museum Voices Blogs Delve into blogs from many areas of the museum, from the Spineless Science marine invertebrates blog to the Monbrook Fossil Dig news blog.

Biodiversity News from the Florida Museum

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