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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

  • How biologically diverse is the earth and how does this diversity change across geography and over time?
  • What are the impacts of environmental change on the evolution and extinction of species?

Smithsonian scientists—including biologists, botanists, entomologists, and both vertebrate and invertebrate zoologists—are at the forefront of research in biodiversity, working to answer these and other important research questions. Their work encircles the globe: from Antarctica, where scientists study the feeding habits of Weddell Seals, to the United Kingdom, the location of a network of forests monitored by the Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory project. Back at home, scientific staff members maintain the world's largest collection of biological specimens, which includes 30 million insects, 4.5 million pressed plants, and 7 million fish.

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Smithsonian scientist Mary Hagedorn talks about aquatic cryobiology. Click here for more videos

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June 24-28

All activities are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall

Thursday, June 24 Friday, June 25 Saturday, June 26 Sunday, June 27 Monday, June 28
  • National Zoological Park: Animal Thinking
  • National Zoological Park: Species Survival
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Monitoring Bees
  • Animal Thinking
  • Bird Friendly Coffee
  • Dispersal of Pacific Plant Life
  • Gabon Biodiversity program
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Monitoring Bees
  • Monitoring and Keeping Bees
  • National Zoological Park: Forest Ecology
  • National Zoological Park: Large Mammal Movement
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute:Migratory Birds, Chocolate
  • Migratory Birds, Chocolate
  • Monitoring and Keeping Bees
  • National Zoological Park: Animal Enrichment
  • National Zoological Park: Forest Ecology
  • Monitoring and Keeping Bees
  • National Zoological Park: Animal Health
  • National Zoological Park: Elephant Herpes
  • National Zoological Park: Large Animal Movement
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Migratory Birds and Chocolate

July 1-5

Thursday, July 1 Friday, July 2 Saturday, July 3 Sunday, July 4 Monday, July 5
  • National Zoological Park: Conservation Genetics
  • National Zoological Park: Global Tiger Initiative
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Monitoring Bees
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Ocelots
  • National Zoological Park: Peru Biodiversity
  • National Zoological Park: Pollinators
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Monitoring Bees
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Ocelots
  • National Museum of Natural History Entomology
  • National Zoological Park: Amphibian Crisis
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Monitoring Bees
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Ocelots
  • National Museum of Natural History: Black-footed Ferrets
  • National Zoological Park: Bluebird Monitoring
  • National Zoological Park: Pathology
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Monitoring Bees
  • National Museum of Natural History: Hyperbolic Coral Crochet
  • National Zoological Park: Coral Conservation
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Monitoring Bees