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A pair of Ceuthophilus crickets.

Surface-Going Cave Crickets Actually More Isolated Than Cave-Dwelling Cousins

Although other studies on cave-dwelling creatures have found that animals that spend all of their lives in the dark of caves are more likely to be genetically isolated, a recent study on two groups of crickets found the opposite.
Tuya and Clyde Goulden administering a survey about perceptions of climate change with a nomadic herder named Nyamochir in Mongolia. Photo by Lkhagva Ariuntsetseg.

Academy of Natural Sciences Researcher Proves Mongolian Herders Right in Climate Research

When it comes to climate change, serious issues can sometimes hide behind walls of data. In talking to nomadic herders in Mongolia, the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Clyde Goulden was able to confirm their feelings that they were experiencing a significant increase in short, intense rainstorms that threaten the herders’ way of life.
Professor Youngmoo Kim, director of Drexel’s ExCITe Center, singing with the TONICs

A Cappella for Academics: The TONICs join Drexel’s TrebleMakers at the Academy

Celebrate 25 years of a cappella with colleagues from the Academy of Natural Sciences and the ExCITe Center at a special concert on March 5. 

The Sundolyra latebrosa specimen photographed for scale.

Academy of Natural Sciences Discovered Life Around the World in 2015

From elusive, rare fish to the potential key to the evolution of river-based plants, scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University played a significant role in adding to the rolls of known species this year.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University scientists collect algae and examine the rocks and water depth in Manatawny Creek as part of the Delaware Watershed Conservation Program. Photo Credit: John Strickler/The Mercury.

$5 Million in Grants to Fund Academy of Natural Sciences Research into Delaware River Watershed

With the grant, researchers will research questions surrounding the river's watershed, which serves as drinking water for approximately 15 million people.
A depiction of Dimetrodon with the section of jaw that is now fossilized and a part of the Academy’s collection highlighted. Drawing by Danielle Dufault of the Royal Ontario Museum.

A Dimetrodon By Any Other Name

A unique fossil in the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University’s collection continues to fuel important paleontological discoveries more than a century after it came into to the museum.
One of the world's earliest geological maps was recently pulled from the Academy Archives and put on display for visitors, but only for a few days as it is quite delicate and rare.

The World Underfoot

Eighteenth-century land surveyor William Smith was a rock star. And we mean that quite literally — Smith’s 1815 map of England, Wales and part of Scotland was the world’s first look at the organization of the earth beneath our feet. Less than 200 copies of this seminal work exist today and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University owns one of them.
Specimens from that were contributed to the Academy's collection by clergy during the museum's early days. They include a bushbaby, giant snail, beetle, turtle and bird.

Academy Exhibit Highlights Clergy’s Contributions to Science

An exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is highlighting the intertwined role of science and the clergy at the museum’s beginning.
A young girl looking at some specimens of the Academy of Natural Sciences' bug collection. Photo by Meredith Dolan/ANS.

The Academy’s Staff Talks Bug Fest Favorites

With Bug Fest set for this weekend, the Academy of Natural Sciences’ staff discusses what they’re looking forward to at the annual celebration of bugs.
Teacher naturalist Caitlin Halligan at Academy of Natural Sciences' making a face as she presents on a skunk's scent to a group of children.

Learning from the 'Grossness' of Animals

Let’s face it: Animals can be gross. But what can we learn from some of the things that we find disgusting or weird? A new exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences shows us.
Philadelphia Science Festival

Drexel Joins Philadelphia Science Festival's Weeklong Celebration of Science and Technology

Students, faculty and staff from Drexel University will help make the fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Science Festival one of the biggest citywide celebrations to date. More than 200 regional partner organizations from museums to cultural centers and educational institutions will present over 100 events across the city during the nine-day celebration intended to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 


"Majungasaurus."

Painting Prehistoric Beasts

When he’s not helping discover new dinosaurs and fossils, the Academy of Natural Science’s Jason Poole uses the prehistoric beasts as inspiration for his art.