Scientific projects at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe

Non-marine carbonates

The aim of this project is the development of a genetic classification of non-marine carbonate formations, which should be used as a foundation for the classification of standard carbonate types. On the basis of various worldwide...More >>

Permo-Carboniferous of the Saale Basin

The continental Permo-Carboniferous is one of the most important geological periods for the German industry, due to its sedimentological composition (sandstones, coals and salts). The development of depositional models for the...More >>

Permo-Triassic

The chronological correlation of marine and continental Permian and Lower Triassic deposits causes problems until today. The goal of the project is the definition of the Permo-Triassic Boundary of the marine deposits of the...More >>

Paläontology

Korbach Fissure

Fossils of the Korbach Fissure

During the 90s the SMNK together with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (USA) conducted excavation campaigns in the Late Permian Korbach Fissure (Northern Hesse State) for several years. These excavations were...More >>

turkey buzzard

Innovative Constructions and Regulation System for Membrane Lightweight Building Based on Flying Animals with Membrane Wings – Project Part of the SMNK

The project is a cooperation project between architects, structural engineers, textile engineers and biologists. The SMNK has the task to explore the material properties and histology of flight membarnes and their dependence from...More >>

Ammoniten aus dem Mesozoikum

Klaus Schmitt sammelt seit fast 40 Jahren Fossilien - schwerpunktmäßig Ammoniten. Dabei  konnte er eine Vielzahl von z.T. hervorragend erhaltenen Exemplaren finden, kaufen oder tauschen. Zum Teil handelt es sich um äußerst...More >>

The Höwenegg Antelope Miotragocerus

Following the primary focus of the project on the recovery of skeletons in previous years, we now increasingly aim at the scientific study of the collected material. This is of particular importance concerning the Höwenegg...More >>

Grafenrain Mauer

Fossils from the 'Mauerer Sande' - inventory, revision on molars of Elephantidae and palaeocology

Beside the famous mandible of Homo heidelbergensis found in the year 1907, the sand pits around the towns of Mauer and Bammental yielded more than 5.000 fossil remains of a diverse mammalian faunal assemblage. Based on the...More >>

Botany

Zunderschwamm auf einem Buchenstamm am Ufer des Wildsees

Mykologische Inventarisierung des Bannwalds Wilder See (Nordschwarzwald)

Im Rahmen eines durch das Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe (2013) und den Nationalpark Schwarzwald (seit 2014) finanzierten Kooperationsprojekts zwischen der Arbeitsgruppe Pilze im Naturwissenschaftlichen Verein Karlsruhe e. V....More >>

Präparation und Erschließung der Pilzbelege des ehemaligen Greifswalder Universitätsherbariums (GFW)

Die meisten alten Pilzsherbarien in Deutschland sind im 2. Weltkrieg zerstört worden. Zu den wenigen noch erhaltenen Sammlungen mit knapp 7.000 Belegen  gehören die der Universität Greifswald (Herbarium  GFW) mit...More >>

Fallowland project (Offenhaltungsversuche) of Baden-Württemberg

The Fallowland project of Baden-Württemberg is addressing the question how species-rich agricultural land can be kept open and species-rich using minimum (financial, personal, and technical) effort, which is done by comparing...More >>

Flora und vegetation of abandoned clay pits and of urban areas

Succession research allows us to witness how species communities emerge and are replaced again. Initial »settlers« arrive where – by natural processes or human impact – open soil, wounded bark, blank rock surface (… or also...More >>

Indicator values and functional traits

In (Central) Europe, research on both topics is carried out since quite a long time, there are comprehensive summaries and data bases. However, many unresolved issues still remain, e.g., in the application of existing concepts...More >>

Zoology

Large wandering spiders in Amazonian forests

Since 1992 Thierry Gasnier, Hubert Höfer and Antonio Brescovit (and others) study biology and ecology of the large wandering spiders living on the ground of Amazonian forests. Starting point of their interest in factors and...More >>

Amazon Spiders and Butterflies

An International Museum Fellowship of the German Federal Cultural Foundation allows us to reactivate an earlier cooperation between our museum and the Brazilian National Research Institution for Amazonia (INPA) in Manaus.More >>

Stadt.Wiesen.Mensch

Ein Projekt der Forschungsabteilungen und der Vermittlung am Staatlichen Museum für Naturkunde KarlsruheMore >>

Ctenidae of French Guiana

French Guiana holds an impressive species richness or biodiversity, of which large parts are still unknown, especially when looking at the invertebrate arthropods. To list the insects of French Guiana is an aim of a current...More >>

EDAPHOBASE - a soil organism data warehouse

In the second project phase the non-commercial database Edaphobase will be integrated in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) network with a node for soil organisms at the Senckenberg Museum in Görlitz. Data on...More >>

Entomology

sifting the leaf litter

Biodiversity of leaf litter inhabiting arthropods of natural forests in Java

Java is the most densely populated island of Indonesia with about 127 million inhabitants. So, it can not be a surprise that wide areas have been deforested and converted into agricultural land. However, many of the mountains and...More >>

lowland forest of Biak island

Weevils of the Papuan Region

New Guinea and its lesser surrounding islands harbour an extremely diverse yet little-explored weevil fauna (Curculionoidea). It is characterized by endemism on different hierarchic scales: most species occupy restricted areas...More >>

Sample of edaphic weevils from lowland forest of New Guinea

Systematics and evolution of the weevil genus Trigonopterus

The flightless weevil genus Trigonopterus Fauvel (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Cryptorhynchinae) is extremely diverse in New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Pacific Islands. Currently, there exist 444 described species worldwide, but...More >>

Bildschirmansicht der Landesdatenbank Schmetterlinge Baden-Württemberg

Schmetterlingsfauna Baden-Württembergs

Die Landesdatenbank Schmetterlinge Baden-Württembergs (LDS-BW) ist ein Kooperationsprojekt des Ressorts Lepidoptera im Referat Entomologie mit der Naturschutzverwaltung des Landes Baden-Württembergs (Landesanstalt für Umwelt,...More >>