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...[details]

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...[details]

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...[details]

Paläontology

Reconstruction of the dicynodont Diictodon

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...[details]

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...[details]

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...[details]

hadrosaur bones

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...[details]

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...[details]

Botany

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...[details]

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...[details]

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....[details]

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...[details]

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...[details]

Zoology

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.[details]

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[details]

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...[details]

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...[details]

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...[details]

Entomology

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...[details]

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...[details]

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,...[details]

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...[details]