Research at the Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab (AARL) spans from understanding the early solar system and our own beginnings to the origin of galaxies in the Universe.
The Genomics and Microbiology unit uses cutting-edge genomic technologies to explore the microscopic world of DNA inside a diversity of species from primates to planthopper insects, and the microbes associated with them.
The Geology unit conducts experimental, analytical and field-based research in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, with a focus on apatite phases and the geology of North Carolina.
The Herpetology unit conducts collections- and field-based research on the diversity, distributions, natural history, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in North Carolina and around the world.
Why are fishes so diverse? From the sunfish and gars of North Carolina, to the enigmatic species of Antarctica and the deep-sea, our staff investigate the factors that have generated and continue to maintain this amazing biodiversity using an integrative approach that combines field, laboratory, and collections based research.
The primary foci of the Malacology research unit are freshwater bivalves, freshwater gastropods, and the terrestrial gastropods and marine mollusks of North Carolina.
Researchers in the Mammalogy unit study the mammals of North Carolina and beyond with new field work, laboratory, and collections based research.
Researchers in the Non-Molluscan Invertebrate Unit employ integrative approaches to understanding the ecology and evolution of crayfishes and two major groups of obligate crayfish symbionts. Additional related research at the Museum is focused on the evolution of insects in the hemipteran suborder Auchenorrhyncha.
The Ornithology unit maintains an active field research program involving banding, radio telemetry, field surveys, and specimen collection and preparation.
The Paleontology unit staff's research spans the evolution of vertebrate and invertebrate life across the last 550 million years and requires a multitude of biological and geological techniques including scanning electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, phylogenetics, advanced three-dimensional visualization, comparative gross anatomy and histology.