Scientific projects at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe

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 >>

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-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

Vallecillichtys

Cretaceous fish assemblages in north-eastern Mexico: a case-study for actinopterygian diversification and global paleobiogeography

Recent palaeontological fieldwork unearthed a plethora of platy limestone deposits in north-eastern Mexico, which yields exceptionally preserved fossil fishes of Cretaceous age. During the project, which is supported by the...More >>

Clay quarry Unterfeld

In preparation: Palaeoecology of the Rupelian Sea

We plan to establish a long-term research project in the clay pit Unterfeld together with Dr. Norbert Micklich (Hesse State Darmstadt), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stinnesbeck (Exzellency University Heidelberg) and Dr. Gerald Mayr...More >>

Grabung Höwenegg

Grabung jungtertiäre Wirbeltierfundstelle Höwenegg (Hegau)

Seit dem Jahre 2003 werden wieder Grabungen an der jungtertiären Wirbeltierfundstelle Höwenegg durch die Geowissenschaftliche Abteilung des Staatlichen Museums für Naturkunde Karlsruhe in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Staatlichen Museum...More >>

Palaeobiogeography of southern Patagonia during the late Cretaceous and Paleogene: a key for the understanding of the evolution of Antarctic faunas and floras

The objective of our work in the Chilean part of Patagonia is to reconstruct the evolution of marine and terrestrial ecosystems around the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary and the triggers that caused mass extinctions and global...More >>

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 >>

Botany

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 >>

Tintenfischpilz in Karlsruhe

Die Großpilzflora des Ballungsraums Karlsruhe und ihre Veränderung

In dem zweijährigen Forschungsvorhaben wird weltweit erstmalig und exemplarisch für andere Ballungsräume in SW-Deutschland die Großpilzflora (Basidiomycota/Ständerpilze, Morchellaceae/Morchel-Verwandte) des Stadtkreises Karlsruhe...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 >>

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 >>

Zoology

Stadt.Wiesen.Mensch

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

Barcoding of German spiders

In the GBOL Project (GBOL - German Barcode of Life) a consortium of several collection holding and biodiversity research institutes has started to characterize the species of animals, fungi and plants occurring in Germany...More >>

Semantic enrichment and mobilization of data in distributed repositories for taxonomy and ecology

Solving a Gordian knot in the taxonomy of neotropical jumping spiders and trait-based ecological habitat assessment with spider assemblagesMore >>

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 >>

Screenshot of IMDAS-Pro

Digitizing the zoological collections

The fast development of information technology, database systems and the use of the Internet strongly facilitate the digitization and mobilisation of biological data, e.g. on the voucher specimens of museum collections and...More >>

Entomology

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>