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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.

Marine Station at Fort Pierce

The Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS) at Fort Pierce, Florida is a research center specializing in marine biodiversity and ecosystems of Florida.

Migratory Bird Center

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is dedicated to fostering greater understanding, appreciation, and protection of the grand phenomenon of bird migration.

Natural History Museum Collection Records

Museum collections records, specimens, taxonomies, bibliographies and more.

Natural History Museum Databases

Museum collections records, specimens, taxonomies, bibliographies and more .

Natural History Museum Research

Eminent scientists, specimens, books and papers microscopes, and sophisticated computer systems: Welcome to the realm of NMNH Research and Collections. In this university-like atmosphere, scientists delve deep into the history of our planet and the processes and peoples that shape it today.

Paleobiology Collections Search

Our collections contain over 40 million fossil animals (invertebrates and vertebrates), fossil plants, fossil unicellular organisms, and sediment samples.

Paleobiology Research at the Natural History Museum

Learn about paleobiolgy research at the Smithsonian.

Seed Catalogs

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries have a unique trade catalog collection that includes about 10,000 seed and nursery catalogs dating from 1830 to the present.

Smithsonian Insitution Scholarly Press

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

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

Online database of Library, Archives, and Research Catalogs

Smithsonian Libraries

The Smithsonian's 22 branch libraries contain more than 1.8 million volumes, including 40,000 rare books.

Smithsonian Marine Science

Studies the patterns and mechanisms of change in ocean environments, Under Secretary for Science.

Smithsonian Research Online

Smithsonian Research Online is a set of services to the research community both within and outside the Smithsonian Institution. Managed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the program assists in capturing the research output of Smithsonian scholars and making it available to Institutional management as well as scientists and historians world-wide.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Investigates ecology, behavior and evolution of tropical organisms.

Sources of Information on Mollusks

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