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Sustainable Seafood

Smithsonian Institution's Sustainable Seafood website complements One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish - The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook by Carole C. Baldwin and Julie H. Mounts (Smithsonian Books, 2003).

The Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio

Despite being produced not just by amateurs but largely by women, far from the publishing houses and intellectual centers of 19th-century America, the book was hailed as an extraordinary achievement from the moment its first few plates were published.


The first digital dinosaur, existing accurately in the computer, and able to be shared as easily as email.

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Botany and Horticulture Library

The Botany Library and Horticulture Branch Library provide research support for the departments and the large number of botanists world-wide who use the collections and resources.

Botany Department of the Natural History Museum

Research in plant biology, conservation ecology, biological diversity, and more.

Butterflies and Moths

Depictions of butterflies and moths; includes both natural history illustrations as well as depictions of these insects in art and design.

Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program

The Carrie-Bow Marine Field Station studies coral reefs and mangroves of coastal Belize, Natural History Museum.

Collections Search Center

Search millions of records, with images, video and sound files from Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.

Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)

Preserves threatened species and habitats through research, professional training and environmental education. National Zoo

Conservation Geographic Information Lab

The Zoo's GIS Lab is using satellite imagery and GIS to identify, monitor and fight habitat loss and species extinction globally.

Consortium for the Barcode of Life

An international initiative devoted to developing DNA barcoding as a global standard for identifying of biological species, Smithsonian Institution and partners.

Edward Palmer Collections

Edward Palmer (1831-1911), often regarded as “the father of ethnobotany,” gathered extensive natural history collections in North and South America during the late nineteenth century.

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)

An ambitious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on earth by the Smithsonian Institution and partners.

Entomology Department at the Natural History Museum

The National Insect Collection is one of the largest entomological collections in the world. Specimens and their associated data are used as the basis for original scientific research on the nature, inter-relationships, origin, and evolution of insects and their allies.

Environmental Research Center (SERC)

Examines linked ecosystems at the land-sea interface, especially those impacted by human activities.

Environmental Research Center Databases

Several online databases including the National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System, and the Aquatic Invasions Research Directory

ETE Relational Database and ETE DataNet

A computerized database for research in terrestrial paleoecology.

Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program

Investigates Earth's land biotas throughout their 400 million year history. The goal is to understand how terrestrial ecosystems have been structured and how they change over geologic time.


The Center for Tropical Forest Science - Forest Global Earth Observatories (CTFS-ForestGEO) is a global network of forest research plots and scientists dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity. The multi-institutional network comprises over 60 forest research plots across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, with a strong focus on tropical regions.

Invertebrate Zoology at the Natural History Museum

Scientists conduct original research on all 30 major invertebrate animal groups (phyla) of the world (except insects), and are stewards for the 35 million specimens of invertebrates that comprise the U.S. National Collection.

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