Nature Research Center

Earth Observation & Biodiversity

Scientists in the Biodiversity Lab study plants, animals and microbes to discover the ecology and evolution of our planet. We explore the unknown in North Carolina, around the world, and sometimes even on our own bodies. The Lab serves as our headquarters where we prepare for expeditions, send live updates from the field, and return with data and specimens documenting our discoveries. Visitors to the NRC can see Museum staff, collaborators from local universities, and volunteers at work in the Biodiversity lab doing things like:

  • sorting insect samples
  • identifying camera trap photographs
  • preparing mammal skeletons
  • making bird skins
  • using satellite imagery to survey global forests
  • measuring properties of leaves

Drop by to see what we discover next.

 

Director: Dr. Roland Kays

Assistant Director: Dr. Michelle Trautwein