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A short history
The research department of NCB Naturalis has a long history even though our institute is established in 2010. The institutes that merged to form NCB Naturalis are: the National Museum of Natural History Naturalis (1820), the National Herbarium of the Netherlands (1816) and the Zoological Museum Amsterdam (1838). Traditionally, our researchers have been zoologists, botanists, palaeontologists, and geologists, with a focus on systematics, morphology, anatomy, biogeography, and other disciplines with a strong rooting in collection-based research. Over the past decades, NCB Naturalis researchers have fanned out in various other directions, either fundamental (evolutionary biology, ecology, tectonics, for example) or applied (e.g., conservation biology, biodiversity assessments), although we also remain active in our core-business of descriptive biology and geology, including taxonomic revisions, distribution atlases, et cetera.
In the Staff directory web pages, you can find detailed information on our researchers (permanent scientists, PhD students, project researchers, postdocs, fellows), their interests, and publications. Research departments gives an overview of the focuses of the three main departments, i.e., Terrestrial Zoology, Marine Zoology, Geology (incl. Palaeontology), and Botany. Research programmes is still under construction, but will provide details and output of our main research themes. Under Science facilities our laboratories are showcased. Finally, Publications presents the book series and journals we publish and online access to their content, where applicable. However, most research publications can be found by searching our digital repository or, if you know the author, by accessing the author's personal page in our Staff directory.