In the museum, Research Stations are compact temporary exhibits that offer a window into the research and inspiration of a particular lab or individual. They are dispersed through the building, and the research topics align with the subject of the gallery they are in. Here, we’ve taken the in-person experience and turned it digital. 

Now you can explore past Research Stations from home!


Valeriy Ivanov:
The warming Arctic

Valeriy Ivanov works in extreme places, studying the impacts of climate change. By monitoring frozen buried soil in the Arctic called permafrost and other aspects of the landscape, he is trying to learn why the Arctic is melting even faster than scientists predicted.

Monica Dus:
Sugar Central

People think obesity comes from enjoying sugar too much, but the opposite is actually true—the more sugar you eat, the less you can taste and enjoy the sweetness. Monica Dus studies fruit flies to understand why people seek out even more sugar to get the same pleasure.

David Gerdes:
Discovering a new planet

David Gerdes’ team of U-M researchers was studying dark energy, the effects of which can only be seen by observing other galaxies far outside our own solar system. But their extremely sensitive camera also picked up hundreds of small, icy worlds much closer to home—in the cloud of dust, rocks, and planetoids known as the Kuiper Belt. One of these objects was a new dwarf planet!



Leslie Decker:
Butterflies in peril

Habitat loss, global warming, and elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide negatively affect both monarch butterflies and their milkweed hosts, and monarchs are in trouble. Leslie Decker and her colleagues study those impacts to find ways people can help.

Dan Rabosky: 
The Adaptable Reptiles

Dan Rabosky and his team explore rainforests, deserts, and other environments to collect specimens, genetic samples, and ecological data. Because human actions are changing animal habitats all over the world, he feels it is important to study and preserve information about as many species as possible now, while we can.