2015 Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition to Cambodia
14 December 2016



The Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition funds international research expeditions across all of the American Museum of Natural History’s scientific disciplines. The expeditions further the Museum’s research, in order to add depth and breadth to its collection. The most recent expedition took place in 2015 in the forests of Cambodia, where a team of researchers explored a new method of tracking endangered animals through leeches. Using samples they’ve collected of leeches from different areas, scientists are able to sequence the DNA found in their gut content, which then tells them which species are found locally. This is important in helping scientists monitor diversity and species’ movement within an area.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation proudly supports the Constantine S. Niarchos Scientific Expedition and the American Museum of Natural History.