BioSCAN | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

BioSCAN is the world's largest urban biodiversity study. Millions of insects from in and around Los Angeles have, and continue to be, collected. The BioSCAN Project is discovering new species and examining insect distribution in the core of the L.A. Basin and out to the coasts, mountains and nearby deserts.

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In 2012, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County launched a new research initiative: NHM Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (NHM BioSCAN). This first-of-its-kind scientific investigation is discovering and exploring biodiversity in and around one of the world’s largest cities: Los Angeles. In sampling from the urban core right out through less-urban surrounding areas through mid-2015, we focused on insects, the most diverse group of animals on our planet. We are discovering and documenting the diversity of insect species living with us in Los Angeles as well as testing intriguing hypotheses about how natural areas around the city affect its biodiversity and, conversely, how urban areas may be affecting their surroundings. NHM BioSCAN is taking full advantage of our Museum base by directly engaging the public in the discovery and exploration of their home city.