Department of Natural History

The Department of Natural History (Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida) employs 28 faculty-curators and 22 collection managers who pursue great diverse scientific questions within anthropological, biological, and paleontological sciences. The Department also houses a vibrant and diverse community of over 100 graduate students and 25 post-doctoral researchers. In any given year over 150 undergraduate students are trained in our collections and research labs. In the most recent fiscal year our faculty, associated staff, and students produced over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and taught 50 university courses. These activities were funded in part by $8 million in new grants and our faculty oversee a total of $80 million in funding over the life of their current grants.

Additionally, Department of Natural History faculty-curators supervise the growth and maintenance of scientific collections containing more than 40 million of modern and fossil specimens of plants, animals, and archaeological and ethnographic materials – one of the largest such university-based resources in the world. Housed in the Florida Museum of Natural History (the official natural history musem of the state of Florida), these collections were initiated over a century ago and continue to grow rapidly. The collections house materials assembled from all over the world and are of inestimable value to understanding the history of life on earth.