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Mollusk Diversity

Go digging for clams with Field Museum Curator and zoologist, Dr. Rüdiger Bieler and his international team of scientists as they study the evolution of mollusks—the largest group of animals in the oceans and the second largest animal group in the world! You’ll discover how mapping out the relationships between bivalve mollusks like clams and scallops helps us to understand evolutionary pathways and track the development of genes over time.

1. Moreton Bay Introduction

Meet marine biologist Dr. Rüdiger Bieler and find out more about his plans for collecting mollusks in Moreton Bay, Australia. You’ll get a brief overview of where and how the team worked to find their target specimens, including rare, seasonal, and deep-water species that will be studied to explore and understand the mollusk family tree.

To learn more about the team’s trip, check out the Moreton Bay Expedition at

And for more information about Field Museum scientific expeditions around the world, please visit

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