Planktonic foraminifera being hauled up 1.5km in the South West Indian Ocean during the GLOW Cruise aboard RV Pelagia.
The Museum of Natural History at the University of Oxford has been a centre of world-leading research and scientific debate since it opened in 1860. The museum was the location for the Great Debate of 1860 between Samuel Wilberforce and Thomas Huxley, and was also the venue for the Nobel prize-winning research on the molecular structure of insulin, penicillin and vitamin B12 by Dorothy Hodgkin.
Current research in the museum focuses on a number of geological, palaeobiological, zoological and archaeological areas that include:
- Earth systems and biological processes before, during and after the Cambrian Explosion (Daley, Legg, Siveter, Smith)
- The evolutionary relationships of arthropods (Daley, De Grave, Legg, Siveter)
- Palaeozoic – Cenozoic ocean geochemistry and micropalaeontology (Aze, Smith)
- The evolutionary relationships of planktonic foraminifera (Aze)
- The environmental archaeology of Roman settlement (Robinson)
- The genetic mapping and migration history of British populations (Robinson)
Museum researchers discover a new fossil arthropod: The 425-million-year-old 'bottle brush' beastie
The museum has very well-equipped laboratories for palaeontological and zoological imaging, micropalaeontology and environmental archaeology.
The Museum of Natural History also hosts a research fellowship scheme that currently supports three early career scientists through a charitable foundation, and welcomes approaches from early career researchers who might wish to hold independent research fellowships in the museum.Stromatolite reef in NE Greenland