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]

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]

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]

Hadrosaurierknochen

In preparation: A dinosaur graveyard in the Late Campanian (Late Cretaceous) at Cerro de Angostura near Porvenir de Jalpa, Coahuila, northeast Mexico

In the Cañon Cerro de Angostura near the hamlet Porvenir de Jalpa, Coahuila, we discovered about ten clusters of weathered-out dinosaur bones in an area of only about 200 metres long and 30 metres wide. Sediments belong to 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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Zoology

Imdas-Screen

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]

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BiNHum - Biodiversity Network of the Humboldt-Ring

Access and format of existing digital object data, alignment of established database systems and development of a joint data portal.[more]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]