at Naturalis

At Naturalis, marvel is the starting point of learning. Together we discover the richness of nature. There is always more to be enthusiastic about, more to learn and more to explore.


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With a unique combination of knowledge, talents and skills, we operate as a national museum, academic research institute and heritage institution.

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National research institute

Naturalis employs 120 scientists in seven different research groups. We are happy to offer young scientific talent the opportunity to further develop ideas in a stimulating, open environment. With 80 PhDs and postdocs, Naturalis contributes to innovating Dutch research at the highest level in the green life sciences.

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November 10th, 2023

Not the last of his species after all

A British expedition has shot the first ever images of a Sir David Attenboroughs long-beaked echidna. Until then, the specimen at Naturalis was considered to be the only evidence that the species ever existed at all.
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Ajaree Thonglim
November 9th, 2023

Day of the PhD defense: Ajaree Thonglim

On Thursday the 9th of November Ajaree Thonglim defended her PhD thesis titled: ‘ Disentangling drought-responsive traits with focus on Arabidopsis ’ in the academy building in Leiden. For her PhD research at Naturalis and the university of Leiden she…
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Geoglyphs in the Amazon
October 6th, 2023

More than 10,000 hidden structures in the Amazon

Hidden in the Amazon forest are thousands of remnants of ancient civilizations. These hidden structures, also called geoglyphs, reveal much about the history of the Amazon. A major study of these geoglyphs and their relationship to the forest was published…
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