History

  • Diatoms - Work in the Diatom Herbarium, which started in the middle 19th century, includes such notables as Francis Boyer, Ruth Patrick, Charles Reimer and Marina Potapova. The Diatom Herbarium is part of the Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
  • Entomology - Entomology began with the founding of the Academy in 1812. Other notable entomologist include Titian Peale, Ezra T. Cresson, Morgan Hebard, James Rehn, and Daniel Otte. The Entomology Department is part of the Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
  • Herpetology - Many specimens at the Academy were collected and described by the eminent scientists of the time. Much of the personal collection of the great 19th century herpetologist, Edward D. Cope is preserved here, (over 3000 specimens). This material was the basis for several major works on snake classification.
  • Ichthyology - Ichthyology has been a part of research at the Academy since its beginnings, but its importance has increased dramatically since 1898. The Ichthyology Department is part of the Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
  • Mammology - The Academy's mammalogy collection is one of the oldest collections in the New World. During the 19th Century the collection grew with donations and purchases from a network of prominent natural historians.
  • Molecular Biology - The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has enjoyed a long history of researchers utilizing molecular data to approach systematic and ecological questions. Over the past 30 years Academy scientists have been at the forefront of molecular research immonosytematics, DNA-DNA hybridization, allozymes, RAPDs, cloning, PCR, DNA sequencing, microsatellites and AFLPs.
  • Ornithology - Alexander Wilson, Thomas Nuttall, Charles Bonaparte, John James Audubon, John Cassin, Witmer Stone, Rudolphe Meyer de Schauensee, James Bond, Frank Gill, Bob Ridgely and Leo Joseph are some of the notable ornithologists who have worked at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.