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Head of the Biodiversity Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

I am the head of the Biodiversity lab in the Nature Research Center of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Our goal is to bring research scientists and their work into the public eye, help demystify what can be an intimidating field of study, better prepare scientists to communicate their work, and inspire a new generation of young scientists.

Entomologists sorting insects in front of friends at the lab.

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.

Check out our recent Annual Report for the latest overview of our activities.

Openings:

  • We have openings for volunteers in the Biodiversity lab, contact Monica (mbhendri@ncsu.edu ) if you are interested.
E. O. Wilson in the lab

E. O. Wilson visits the Biodiversity Lab

Dr. Kays giving a Science Cafe at the Museum

Dr. Kays giving a Science Cafe at the Museum

NCSU Mammalogy students preparing museum specimens

NCSU Mammalogy students preparing museum specimens

Dr. Kays using the Museum's Daily Planet Theater to talk with a school in western North Carolina.

Dr. Kays using the Museum’s Daily Planet Theater to talk with a school in western North Carolina.

Check out our 360 view of museum specimen prep of a snake, a bat, a hawk and a crayfish!

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