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Research Programs

Arctic Studies Center »

Research throughout the circumpolar region on cultures, history, and environments of the northern part of the globe
Natural History Museum

Carrie Bow Marine Field Station »

Part of the Smithsonian Marine Science Network, studies coral reefs and mangroves of coastal Belize
Natural History Museum

Center For Earth and Planetary Studies »

Performs original research on planetary science, terrestrial geophysics, and the remote sensing of environmental change
Air and Space Museum

Center for
Folklife and
Cultural Heritage »

Promoting the understanding and continuity of diverse, contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and around the world

Consortium for the Barcode of Life »

An international initiative devoted to developing DNA barcoding as a global standard for identifying biological species

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) »

An ambitious project to organize and make available virtually all information about life present on Earth

ForestGEO »

Global network of forest research plots and scientists dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity

Institute for Biodiversity Genomics »

Leading biodiversity and sustainability research on a global scale and trainning the next generation of biodiversity scientists

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation »

Documents the role of invention in U.S. history and encourages inventive creativity in young people
American History Museum

MarineGEO »

Directed by the Smithsonian's Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, MarineGEO is focused on how we can support our marine ecosystems so they can continue to support us

Smithsonian Marine Science Network »

A unique array of laboratories and research vessels dedicated to understanding the patterns and mechanisms of change in ocean environments

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Smithsonian Migratory
Bird Center »

Dedicated to fostering greater understanding, appreciation, and protection of the grand phenomenon of bird migration

Smithsonian Scientific Diving Program
Smithsonian Scientific Diving Program »

Award-winning program promotes and supports underwater research activities and diving safety of the Smithsonian's scientific divers


Smithsonian Research Online
Smithsonian Grand Challenges Consortia »

The Smithsonian Consortia advance knowledge across disciplines to solve critical global issues of our time.

Smithsonian Research Online »

Collecting the published research output of Smithsonian scholars and making it available to the public

Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press »

Continuing the rich history of scholarly publishing by the Smithsonian, including digital publications from the Contributions Series