National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

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The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) scientists are filled
with questions and are committed to finding the answers about our
natural world. Their enduring curiosity about the natural world has
led them to the four corners of the earth: our scientists have been to
ocean depths, the peaks of the Andes, Africa's Rift Valley, the
Galapagos Islands, the rainforests of South America, and to a field
site or research institution in your own state, territory or country.
They are seeking and finding the puzzle pieces to significant
questions about vital topics such as global warming, the loss of
biodiversity, and invasive plant and insect species that threaten our
agricultural and natural resources.

Our research is known for being authoritative: the knowledge it
reveals unlocks important findings and also serves as the essential
building blocks for integrative, overarching scientific
interpretation. Our research leads to an understanding of processes
that shape the natural world. NMNH scientists know that to really
comprehend the "big picture", they can't stop at just the geological,
biological or anthropological questions. The answers for today's
questions come from crossing traditional academic boundaries and
integrating multiple perspectives. And it is increasingly important
for the nation and the world that scientific information be available
to governments and private citizens as well as other scientists.


[Summary provided by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.]

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