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

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...[details]

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...[details]

turkey buzzard

Innovative Constructions and Regulation System for Membrane Lightweight Building Based on Flying Animals with Membrane Wings – Project Part of the SMNK

The project is a cooperation project between architects, structural engineers, textile engineers and biologists. The SMNK has the task to explore the material properties and histology of flight membarnes and their dependence from...[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]

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...[details]

Botany

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]

Der Grüne Knollenblätterpilze (Amanita phalloides) ist ein recht häufiger Ektomykorrhizapilz von Eichen im Karlsruher Stadtgebiet.

Exotische Gehölze und Diversität der Ektomykorrhiza-Pilze im urbanen Grünflächenbereich

Ektomykorrhiza-Pilze sind mit Bäumen zum beiderseitigen Vorteil verbunden. Sie haben in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten einen starken Rückgang im Stadtgebiet von Karlsruhe erfahren. Als wichtiger Grund gelten die anteilig zunehmenden...[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]

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...[details]

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...[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]

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...[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]

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]

Entomology

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]

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 341 described species worldwide, but...[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]

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]