Expandingfrontiers of knowledge
Continually expanding the frontiers of knowledge is vital, including by documenting plant and animal species and the relationships between them over millions of years of evolution. Over 120 scientists at Naturalis are constantly working towards this aim. We develop new technologies that allow researchers to identify and monitor species much faster. In doing so, we make a major contribution to the fundamental knowledge that is crucial to preserving biodiversity.
Researchand scientific infrastructure
At Naturalis, over 120 researchers (40 FTE permanent academic staff, among them 10 professors, 1 lector and dozens of PhD students and postdocs) are working on scientific issues in the field of biodiversity on land and at sea worldwide: mapping species and their cohesion, the changing living environment and the influence of climate change. Our natural history collection, the labs and data specialists offer valuable scientific resources and infrastructure.
Naturalis conducts researchworldwide
Reconstructing climate in the Turkana BasinRead more
Flora of the GuianasRead more
Evolution of endemismRead more
Marine lakesRead more
Coastal origins?Read more
Homo erectus fossils in TrinilRead more
Impact of urbanisation on coral reef ecosystemsRead more
Ecology Indo-Pacific reefsRead more
Flora of the NetherlandsRead more
Long distance dispersal across the Amazonian atmosphereRead more
North Sea: Landscape evolution and biodiversity changeRead more
Weda, a new genus of EuphorbiaceaeRead more
Caribbean geology and paleontologyRead more
Deep sea barcoding of the Dutch CaribeanRead more
Bhutan biodiversity projectRead more
Online accessto our collection and collection data
Catalogue of Life
One worldwide name list of all animals, plants and fungi that have been described by scientists.
Are you a species specialist working to make taxonomic knowledge and type information available online? Please consider the software-as-a-service package Linnaeus.
As a researcher or collection manager, you can quickly browse the Naturalis digital collection.
Netherlands Biodiversity API/Data Services
For software developers or bio-computer scientists, we built an API to provide access the digital collection information from Naturalis.