Departamento de Biodiversidad y Biologia Evolutiva, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Espana

Data Center Description
The National Museum of Natural Sciences is a pioneering center
in our country in the research and popularization of our
national heritage. The main objectives of the Research Division
are to describe the many forms of biological and geological
diversity on our planet, and in the Iberian-Balearic region in
particular; to study the various processes that generate, shape
and maintain this biodiversity; and to promote its conservation.

Within the MNCN, the Department of of Biodiversity and
Evolutionary Biology has the greatest number of researchers.

Research investigation centers mainly on Systematics and
Biodiversity, in a broad sense, and embraces faunistic
diversity, taxonomy, biological cycles, biogeography, phylogeny,
speciation patterns and geographic patterns of diversity.

Many diverse animal groups are studied: among vertebrates,
mainly fish and amphibians; among invertebrates, turbellarians,
earthworms, nematodes, insects (coleopterans, mallophaga,
hymenopterans, odonatans), crustaceans from caves and frantic
waters, aquatic mites and mollusks.


[Summary provided by the National Museum of Natural Sciences]