Laboratory Equipment

The museum has very well-equipped laboratories for palaeontological and zoological imaging and micropalaeontology. Resources include a laser scanner, several multifocal plane microscopes, and a 3D printer. The research group also has strong links with several external partners, facilitating access to computed tomography and synchrotron beamline facilities.

Public Engagement
Researchers actively participate in the Museum’s extensive public engagement programme, and are involved in the development of displays and external exhibitions.
Our research is currently funded by AHRC, BBSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, NERC, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and the University of Oxford John Fell Fund, among other sources.

Early Career Research Opportunities
The Museum is happy to provide advice and support to applicants for independent research fellowships. If you are interested in applying for funding to work at the Museum, please contact:
More information is available here.
Visiting Fellowships
Our visiting fellowships scheme funds research visits to work on the Museum's collections for one to two months.
The 2019-20 visiting fellowship scheme is now closed for applications. The call for applications to the 2021-22 scheme is expected to open later in 2020 and the deadline for applications is likely to be in April 2021.

Research Themes


Research in the Museum encompasses geology, palaeobiology and zoology, with a focus on material housed in the extensive Earth and Life collections. Current research strengths include: