Dear Friend of the Essig,
Biodiversity is in crisis!
Insects and spiders make up much of known and unknown biodiversity - the multiplicity of life that forms an integrated whole to support life on Earth. Never has it been more important to understand how these organisms interact to support our planet. Over the last year, the Essig Museum has been working on the impacts of fire and climate change, disease and invasive species, and shifting ecosystems. Combined with new tools of high throughput genome sequencing and artificial intelligence, the Museum collections provide the frame of reference to anchor our understanding of how biodiversity responds to change. Simply put, the museums are foundational for building a sustainable future.