Scientific projects at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe

Referat Geologie, Mineralogie, Sedimentologie

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Paläontology

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]

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]

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]

Evolution of pinniped carnivores – a case study of engineering morphology

Within this DFG-project, data on anatomy and locomotion of extant pinniped carnivores (seals and sea lions) are collected, complied and categorized to anatomy based construction types. For each construction type bracing systems...[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]

Botany

Zunderschwamm auf einem Buchenstamm am Ufer des Wildsees

Mycological investigations in the former protected forest Wilder See (Northern Black Forest)

From 2013 to 2019, the fungal diversity was recorded in the almost in the Wilder See area, an area covering almost 150 h in new Black Forest National Park. The project is a  citizen science project led by the Karlsruhe...[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]

Tintenfischpilz in Karlsruhe

The urban fungus flora in the Karlsruhe area and how it changes

The fungus flora of Karlsruhe has been investigated since the 1920s, documented by a number of publications, specimens in herbaria and above all by diary entries. The Karlsruhe teacher Paul Stricker, who had been documenting the...[more]

Mounting, indexing and digitization of fungal collections

The fungus collections of the Karlsruhe Natural History Museum have increased almost tenfold since 2003 and today have more than 108,000 specimens (as of December 2021). Most of the collections are donations from private...[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]

Zoology

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]

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]

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]

Stadt.Wiesen.Mensch

Ein Projekt der Forschungsabteilungen und der Vermittlung am Staatlichen Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe[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]

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]

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]

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]