Scientific projects at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe

Referat Geologie, Mineralogie, Sedimentologie

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Paläontology

Biomechanics of Mustelids

Mustelid carnivores show an enormous variety of locomotion modes that are reflected in anatomical features. It is the aim of the project to correlate locomotion modes and anatomical features in order to find compliances that are...[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]

Tongrube 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]

Excavation Project: Dwarf Hippo Pleistocene Crete

The Pleistocene fauna of Crete is a unique mixture between European and African faunal elements, amongst these mammals that only inhabited Crete. One of these endemic animals is the dwarf hippo Hippopotamus creutzburgi. The...[more]

Internal anatomy of therapsid skulls (Forerunners of Mammals)

The oldest mammals are known from the Late Triassic and evolved from a group of more primitive land-living vertebrates, the therapsids. Because therapsids were already particularly mammal-like, they are essential for the...[more]

Botany

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]

Barcoding of rust fungi in Germany

In the GBOL-Project (GBOL - German Barcode of Life) the animals, fungi and plants of Germany are recorded with their DNA Barcodes. In the first three-year phase the rust-fungi (Pucciniales) comprising ca. 500 German species will...[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]

Botany in art and literature

Plants play various roles in art and literature. They can be mere ornament and background, they can be key actors, they can be metaphoric impressions.   To know the plant species that are depicted often is a key to get...[more]

Botanical identification and reference literature

Botanists need their everyday equipment: identification keys, regional maps, reference lists of biotope and habitat types, etc. This material has to be constantly adapted based on recent research findings as well as on updated...[more]

Zoology

Psechrus torvus im Netz hängend

Taxonomie und Phylogenie der asiatischen Schlankkräuselspinnen

Die in Südostasien verbreiteten Spinnen aus der Familie der Psechridae (Schlankkräuselspinnen) waren bis 2009 taxonomisch nur mangelhaft bearbeitet und daher schwierig zu charakterisieren und zu identifizieren. Im Rahmen eines...[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 assemblages[more]

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]

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]

Veränderliche Krabbenspinne Misumena vatia (Foto: H.Höfer)

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]

Entomology

Sieben der Bodenstreu

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]

Tieflandregenwald auf der Insel Biak

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]

Bläulinge an Jagst und Kocher: Verbreitung, Ökologie, Schutz

In einem faunistisch bisher nur wenig untersuchten Gebiet, dem Bereich von Jagst und Kocher im Nordosten Baden-Württembergs, wurden zehn gefährdete Bläulingsarten im Hinblick auf ihre Verbreitung und ihre regionalen...[more]

Probe edaphischer Rüsselkäfer aus einem Tieflandregenwald Neuguineas

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]