United by a Singular Vision

Tackling the big genomic questions requires a large and coordinated effort.

The emerging Institute for Biodiversity Genomics will unite the Smithsonian’s major biodiversity research entities, which have long pursued groundbreaking work in genome science across a global network of research sites.

National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

The National Zoological Park (NZP)

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)

The Institute will strategically address key questions in evolutionary biology, phylogeny, ecology, conservation, and the science and management of ecosystems. Our goal is to lead biodiversity and sustainability research on a global scale and to train the next generation of biodiversity scientists.

The Executive Committee of the Institute for Biodiversity Genomics represents the diversity of strength and expertise across the Smithsonian.

W. John Kress, Under Secretary for Science

Jonathan Coddington, Associate Director for Science, National Museum of Natural History

Pierre Comizzoli, Research Biologist, National Zoological Park, and Interim Director of the Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Thornton Staples, Director, Office of Research and Information Services

Owen McMillan, Dean of Academic Programs, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Robert Fleischer, Research Zoologist, National Zoological Park

Lee Weigt, Director, Laboratory of Analytical Biology, National Museum of Natural History

Warren Johnson, Research Zoologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Gregory Ruiz, Marine Ecologist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center