The Department of Natural History at the Florida Museum, University of Florida, employs 28 faculty-curators and 22 collection managers who pursue great diverse scientific questions within anthropological, biological, and paleontological sciences.
AI Faculty Search Committee Meeting
The Florida Museum of Natural History AI Faculty Search Committees will meet virtually on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 10 A.M. to discuss the AI and Biological and/or Cultural Diversity Past and Present and AI and Museum Education and Outreach positions. For access to the meeting contact Brittany Snipes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training the Next Generation of Scientists
The Department also houses a vibrant and diverse community of over 100 graduate students and 25 post-doctoral researchers. In any given year over 150 undergraduate students are trained in our collections and research labs. In the most recent fiscal year our faculty, associated staff, and students produced over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and taught 50 university courses.
Documenting Biodiversity and Cultural Heritage
Additionally, faculty-curators supervise the growth and maintenance of scientific collections containing more than 40 million of modern and fossil specimens of plants, animals, and archaeological and ethnographic materials – one of the largest such university-based resources in the world. Housed in the Florida Museum of Natural History (the official natural history museum of the state of Florida), these collections were initiated over a century ago and continue to grow rapidly. The collections house materials assembled from all over the world and are of inestimable value to understanding the history of life on earth.
The Department had an outstanding year with 27 faculty overseeing about $65 million in total external grant support for research and collection activities, including 36 new and 24 continuing grants totaling $8.3 million. This per-capita funding rate is high, even for a research-intensive university like the University of Florida.
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Department of Natural History Bylaws
These bylaws are intended to establish the general principles in order to guide the governance of the Department of Natural History of the Florida Museum of Natural History.Download Department Bylaws [PDF]