Protect Research at Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
  • Petitioned Richard Lariviere

This petition was delivered to:

CEO and President, Field Museum of Natural History
Richard Lariviere
VP of Science and Education
Debra Moskovits
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
John Rowe

Protect Research at Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

    1. Supporters of FMNH
    2. Petition by

      Supporters of FMNH

      Worldwide and Chicago, IL

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago houses one of the world's most important and extensive collections of specimens from the natural and cultural worlds. Globally and nationally, it holds an iconic status as a leader in scientific research and education. But new, short-sighted plans to address years of borrowing for a variety of exhibits and construction threaten to destroy the museum's research standing and credibility, by laying off scientists and curatorial staff that work on and help maintain the 25 million specimens housed there. (read more here:

This will have massive repercussions, not only for staff and their families, but for scientific research and education as a whole. The museum collections are an internationally recognized research hub—one visited by scientists from across the globe. Moreover, the collections, and the research carried out in them, provide the basis for exhibits and programs of outreach that have inspired and enlightened generations of people, young and old, the world over.

It's time we made a statement to the powers that be at Field Museum: the heart of this great institution is in its collections and research base. These are simply too important to be undermined by knee-jerk economic measures.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Reached 8,000 signatures
    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. READ: Losing FMNH Research "a scientific and cultural tragedy"

      Supporters of FMNH
      Petition Organizer
      The Field Museum faces a real threat | The Integrative Paleontologists

      I mostly want to use this forum to discuss new, exciting, and integrative paleontological research, but today I need to discuss something that is threatening new, exciting, and integrative paleontological research. Actually, the threat goes much further beyond that, because it threatens research in other types of zoology, botany, anthropology, and geology as well.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Lutan ST. LOUIS, MO
      • 8 months ago

      I love going to the Field Museum. Please do not cut off funding or staffing.

    • Ann Nunez CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      The museum is a fantastic resource for students within the Chicago area. It was created as a public institution. Not to maintain the collections would be a significant disservice to the public at large but specifically to students whether they are primary students or graduate students.

    • Katherine Holcomb RICHMOND, VA, COLOMBIA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I am a student of anthropology, and I love science and learning. Moreover, having worked in similar types of jobs, I know what it´s like to run the risk of being laid off because you work in a specific field of knowledge that you love, and enjoy educating the general public about it. I do it for the love I have for it myself, and the love I have for telling others how amazing I think what I study is, and therefore encouraging others to love that knowledge too. When jobs like this are devalued, this is detrimental to the self-worth of the people who do them. It´s not just the loss of a job, it´s the loss of one´s perception of their intellectual and personal value as thinking humans to the rest of society. When you devalue the scientists and researchers, you devalue science and research.

    • Robert English CHICAGO, IL
      • 9 months ago

      As a citizen of Chicago and a frequent visitor to the museum and a strong proponent of education and science, cuts of this kind would be abhorablly devastating.

    • Scott McConnell HADDONFIELD, NJ
      • 10 months ago

      As someone with an interest in the history of ornithology, I am more familiar than most with the long, rich history of the Chicago Field Museum. I would urge you not to cut the scientific and curatorial staff, nor to dissolve the academic departments. The museum has provided invaluable service during its history in environmental research, and needs to be allowed to continue to do so.


    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.