Research at the New York State Museum is as exciting as it is varied, with more than 35 scientists and historians actively directing projects in biology, anthropology, geology, and history. Research by staff represents one tangible way in which information about the natural and cultural history of New York, and the world, is made available to the public.Research findings are presented in scholarly and popular publications, at professional meetings, in exhibitions, and in public programs. Participation in Museum research projects is possible through internships, as research associates, and through volunteer opportunities.
Researchers throughout the world use the collections of the New York State Museum to address questions about New York's natural and human heritage. The collections represent baseline data that help resource managers make decisions that have a direct impact on the economic and public well-being of the State, for example, locations of natural resources, assessments of environmental impacts, historic preservation, development and impacts of disease, and environmental changes.