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Research & Collections :: Research at the State Museum

Anthropological Research

The focus of this group is on interpreting the nature and results of human activity in and around New York. Anthropological research at what would become the New York State Museum was initiated in 1847, when the Regents expanded the State Cabinet of Natural History to include an Historical and Antiquarian Collection.
Much of the initial growth resulted from the investigations and acquisitions of Lewis H. Morgan, the "Father of American Anthropology," whose research on New York's Iroquois cultures set the standard for those who followed. During the 20th century, seminal research in ethnography and archaeology was carried out by staff members such as Arthur C. Parker, William A. Ritchie, Robert E. Funk, and William N. Fenton. Today, an active program of field and collections-based research in historic and prehistoric archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, biological anthropology, ethnohistory, and ethnography continues under staff members, museum associates, and visiting researchers.

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Biological Research

The focus of this research group is on the study of living plants, animals, and microorganisms. Its work includes biological surveys of defined geographic areas and ecosystems, phylogenetic (evolutionary) and nomenclatural studies of taxonomic groups, and studies of relationships between organisms and with their environments. In addition, applications are sought to apply research results to solving current environmental problems. The group includes researchers in the disciplines of botany, bryology, mycology, microbiology, mammalogy, ichthyology, entomology, and invertebrate biology.

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Geological Research

The focus of this group is on the history of New York's physical landscape as well as the interpretation of the regional and global controls on the early history and evolution of the natural environment and life in New York. It includes research on physiography and geology. The group is responsible for the regular and timely completion and publication of local and regional geologic maps of New York State for use by academic, governmental, and private users.

This group includes physical geologists, geochemists, paleobiologists, stratigraphers, mineralogists, and other geologists whose work contributes to understanding the rock and fossil succession in New York State and related regions. This unit is also mandated to preserve and assure access to the Museum's paleontology and subsurface collections and databases.

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Historical Research

The focus of this research group is on the use of primary documentary, material, and environmental evidence in the interpretation of New York's history, and in conveying knowledge of that past through educational exhibits, programs, and publications.

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Cartography

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