American Museum of Natural History
New York. NY
The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869. with the aim of disseminating knowledge of natural history to the populace of New York and surrounding areas. Since its founding the Museum has developed and maintained scientific collections and supported collection-based research programs that reached to the far corners of the world. The current scientific staff of 46 research scientists and nearly 200 additional scientific personnel. deployed in five divisions. conduct research in zoology. paleontology. anthropology. earth and planetary sciences. and astrophysics. The long history of enquiry by Museum scientists into systematics. paleontology. and other areas of evolutionary biology and geology make the institution an ideal home for a Planetary Biodiversity Inventory project.
PBI principal investigator Norman I. Platnick is a member of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology. a unit comprising 11 research scientists (curators) with specializations in the Insecta. Arachnida. Mollusca. and Annelida.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DEB 0613754. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.