Scientific collections


The Natural History Museum houses extensive scientific collections with a total of over 6 million objects from the  fields of zoology, soil zoology, entomology, botany, paleontology and geology. These collections represent an archive of the animate and inanimate nature and document the development of organisms in space and time. They serve scientists worldwide e.g. for taxonomic-systematic, morphological and  ecological studies.


Department of Soil Zoology (Head Prof. Dr. Willi Xylander) with sections

Flatworms (Plathelminthes) Prof. Dr. Willi Xylander
Mesofauna, Dr. David J. Russell
Arachnids (Arachnida) Dr. Axel Christian
Nematodes (Nematoda) Dr. Karin Hohberg
Wingless insects (Apterygota) Dr. Jürgen Schulz
Millipedes (Myriapoda) Dr. Karin Voigtländer

Zoology Department (Head Prof. Dr. Hermann Ansorge) with sections

Mammals (Mammalogy) Prof. Dr. Hermann Ansorge
Snails (Malacology) Dr. Heike Reise
Insects (Entomology) Dr. Bernhard Seifert
Palaeozoology and Geology, Dr. Olaf Tietz

Department of Botany (Department Head PD Dr. Karsten Wesche) with sections

Vascular plants I (Phaneorgame I) PD Dr. Karsten Wesche
Vascular plants II (Phanerogame II) Dr. Christiane Ritz
Fungi (Mycology) nn
Lichens (Lichenes) Dr. Volker Otte