Organization profile

The Bell Museum (Minnesota's state museum of natural history) is an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach center. The faculty conduct cutting edge research on patterns and processes in evolutionary biology and maintain outstanding scientific collections (Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds, Fishes, Fungi, Insects, Lichenized Fungi, Mammals, Mollusks, and Vascular Plants) for use in research and teaching. Bell Museum scientists are actively engaged in both undergraduate and graduate education. The museum's public facility serves the public generally and K-12 education specifically through a combination of permanent exhibits (notably world-class habitat dioramas), traveling exhibits, and public programs (e.g., Cafe Scientifique, Field Trips). In addition, educational outreach programs bring environmental science education to schools, nature centers, and state parks around the state.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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  • Distribution of biomass dynamics in relation to tree size in forests across the world

    Piponiot, C., Anderson-Teixeira, K. J., Davies, S. J., Allen, D., Bourg, N. A., Burslem, D. F. R. P., Cárdenas, D., Chang-Yang, C. H., Chuyong, G., Cordell, S., Dattaraja, H. S., Duque, Á., Ediriweera, S., Ewango, C., Ezedin, Z., Filip, J., Giardina, C. P., Howe, R., Hsieh, C. F., Hubbell, S. P. & 40 others, Inman-Narahari, F. M., Itoh, A., Janík, D., Kenfack, D., Král, K., Lutz, J. A., Makana, J. R., McMahon, S. M., McShea, W., Mi, X., Bt. Mohamad, M., Novotný, V., O'Brien, M. J., Ostertag, R., Parker, G., Pérez, R., Ren, H., Reynolds, G., Md Sabri, M. D., Sack, L., Shringi, A., Su, S. H., Sukumar, R., Sun, I. F., Suresh, H. S., Thomas, D. W., Thompson, J., Uriarte, M., Vandermeer, J., Wang, Y., Ware, I. M., Weiblen, G. D., Whitfeld, T. J. S., Wolf, A., Yao, T. L., Yu, M., Yuan, Z., Zimmerman, J. K., Zuleta, D. & Muller-Landau, H. C., Jun 2022, In: New Phytologist. 234, 5, p. 1664-1677 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    1 Scopus citations
  • ForestGEO: Understanding forest diversity and dynamics through a global observatory network

    Davies, S. J., Abiem, I., Abu Salim, K., Aguilar, S., Allen, D., Alonso, A., Anderson-Teixeira, K., Andrade, A., Arellano, G., Ashton, P. S., Baker, P. J., Baker, M. E., Baltzer, J. L., Basset, Y., Bissiengou, P., Bohlman, S., Bourg, N. A., Brockelman, W. Y., Bunyavejchewin, S., Burslem, D. F. R. P. & 137 others, Cao, M., Cárdenas, D., Chang, L. W., Chang-Yang, C. H., Chao, K. J., Chao, W. C., Chapman, H., Chen, Y. Y., Chisholm, R. A., Chu, C., Chuyong, G., Clay, K., Comita, L. S., Condit, R., Cordell, S., Dattaraja, H. S., de Oliveira, A. A., den Ouden, J., Detto, M., Dick, C., Du, X., Duque, Á., Ediriweera, S., Ellis, E. C., Obiang, N. L. E., Esufali, S., Ewango, C. E. N., Fernando, E. S., Filip, J., Fischer, G. A., Foster, R., Giambelluca, T., Giardina, C., Gilbert, G. S., Gonzalez-Akre, E., Gunatilleke, I. A. U. N., Gunatilleke, C. V. S., Hao, Z., Hau, B. C. H., He, F., Ni, H., Howe, R. W., Hubbell, S. P., Huth, A., Inman-Narahari, F., Itoh, A., Janík, D., Jansen, P. A., Jiang, M., Johnson, D. J., Jones, F. A., Kanzaki, M., Kenfack, D., Kiratiprayoon, S., Král, K., Krizel, L., Lao, S., Larson, A. J., Li, Y., Li, X., Litton, C. M., Liu, Y., Liu, S., Lum, S. K. Y., Luskin, M. S., Lutz, J. A., Luu, H. T., Ma, K., Makana, J. R., Malhi, Y., Martin, A., McCarthy, C., McMahon, S. M., McShea, W. J., Memiaghe, H., Mi, X., Mitre, D., Mohamad, M., Monks, L., Muller-Landau, H. C., Musili, P. M., Myers, J. A., Nathalang, A., Ngo, K. M., Norden, N., Novotny, V., O'Brien, M. J., Orwig, D., Ostertag, R., Papathanassiou, K., Parker, G. G., Pérez, R., Perfecto, I., Phillips, R. P., Pongpattananurak, N., Pretzsch, H., Ren, H., Reynolds, G., Rodriguez, L. J., Russo, S. E., Sack, L., Sang, W., Shue, J., Singh, A., Song, G. Z. M., Sukumar, R., Sun, I. F., Suresh, H. S., Swenson, N. G., Tan, S., Thomas, S. C., Thomas, D., Thompson, J., Turner, B. L., Uowolo, A., Uriarte, M., Valencia, R., Vandermeer, J., Vicentini, A., Visser, M., Vrska, T., Wang, X., Wang, X., Weiblen, G. D., Whitfeld, T. J. S., Wolf, A., Wright, S. J., Xu, H., Yao, T. L., Yap, S. L., Ye, W., Yu, M., Zhang, M., Zhu, D., Zhu, L., Zimmerman, J. K. & Zuleta, D., Jan 1 2021, In: Biological Conservation. 253, 108907.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    42 Scopus citations
  • The Dendroclimatological Potential of Common Yew (Taxus baccata L.) from Southern Azerbaijan

    Seyfullayev, F., George, S. S. T., Farzaliyev, V., Guillet, S., Stoffel, M. & Thapa, U. K., Mar 15 2021, In: Tree-Ring Research. 77, 1, p. 32-37 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review