ROM Biodiversity

 “Biodiversity” is the word for all types of life on earth and all the complex interactions among them. It is the interconnected web of living systems, ranging from microscopic life on a single leaf of a tree to the ecosystem of a rain forest to the ecology of an immense region to the entire Planet. They are all their own systems. And they are all interconnected.

ROM Biodiversity is a leading resource for understanding and conserving our natural world.



Visit our new facility in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

ROM Biodiversity brings together a diverse and talented team of ROM curators, researchers, educators, and programmers, and an ever-expanding list of external experts, collaborators, and supporters. Led by Managing Director Dave Ireland, ROM Biodiversity includes content and experts in the following fields:

• Botany (plants)
• Entomology (insects)
• Herpetology (reptiles and amphibians)
• Ichthyology (fish)
• Invertebrate Zoology (all non-insect invertebrates)
• Mammalogy (mammals, including us)
• Mycology (fungi)
• Ornithology (birds)

ROM Staff

Sarah stands in front of Lake Ontario holding a sign that reads "hope"

Learning Content Producer, Educator

Burton Lim

Assistant Curator of Mammalogy

Nicole Richards standing beside a sign reading "Attention! Quicksand"

Coordinator, Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Research Projects

A species of Thorichthys , a genus of cichlids from Central America
Adaptive radiation is recognized as one of the most important
Less than 10% of the planet’s estimated 100 million species have been
The orange flag on this Red Knot's leg indicates it was banded in Argentina.
Migratory shorebirds are true wonders of the natural world.