Naming and describing the earth’s organisms (taxonomy) and arranging them in a system of evolutionary origins (systematics) is one of the main tasks of Naturalis. Our research group collects, describes, and investigates plant and animal species. We do this from coral reefs in the Caribbean to forests of Central Africa, and in groundwater, wet- and dryland ecosystems of Europe. We also have specialists working on the geology of volcanism and meteorites, and on the geology and classification of gemstones.
Our group is strongly involved in the teaching programs of Naturalis, and in public outreach and education.