In this June 12, 2013 photo, Matt von Konrat, curator of the botanical collection at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, shows examples of the museum's plant collection that incl

 

              In this June 12, 2013 photo, Matt von Konrat, curator of the botanical collection at Chicago
In this June 12, 2013 photo, Matt von Konrat, curator of the botanical collection at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, shows examples of the museum's plant collection that includes about 3 million specimens from around the world, including some collected in the 1770s by Captain Cook. The museum, one of the world's pre-eminent research centers, is facing budget problems that is forcing it to cut research staff. Field President Richard Lariviere says the museum is poised to recover financially within two years. But some scientists say the cuts in its research operations will be significant. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)