Scientific research in the Department is conducted by a professional staff of research biologists, curators, and specialists. Much of the research is collections-based and performed in the Museum's laboratories and collections facilities. Other research is conducted in the field where observations of the organisms in their natural habitat allows insights that would otherwise be lost. Section scientists are connected to the fabric of scientists in the Smithsonian Institution and with outside colleagues all over the world in exchanges of information and collections to allow the picture of Earth's organic layer to be described, analyzed and protected for future generations.
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