Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Goerlitz
The scientists of the museum focus on the diversity of life on earth, the interactions between the organisms , between the species, and their position and functioning in the ecosystem. For this assessment a precise knowledge of the species is crucial. Therefore, the scientists collect organisms and study them morphologically in order to accurately distinguish an determine the species. Specimen are preserved in the museum collection for future generations and document the occurrence of a species in space and time in terms of a biological archive. Experts from around the world use these museum collections for their scientific questions.
The focus of the scientists is on the Palaearctic, ie Europe, North Africa and North Asia, south to the Himalayas.
There are three research departments: soil zoology, botany and zoology, which are divided into several sections, each.