The work of the division Infauna is strongly related to research activities of Senckenberg scientist, but also to the research of many other German and international scientists. We support planning, management, practical work and sample sorting for research expeditions conducted in all parts of the world and studying different marine habitats.
Most important expeditions of the last years supported by division are e.g. DIVA 1-3, ANDEEP, ANDEEP_SYSTCO, SYSTCO, KuramBio and just recently the IceAGE expedition.
The aim of such expeditions is gather knowledge about the faunal composition and genetic diversity in the study area. Moreover, studies on the morphology, taxonomy, systematics, ecology or biogeography of certain taxa are undertaken.
Our research activities at the DZMB in Hamburg focus on Polychaeta. The taxonomy and morphology of Spionidae is the main subject. Apart from light and scanning electron microcopy histological methods are included in our work. Current studies investigate the spionid fauna from the Atlantic seamounts, from the Australian shelf and from the North Atlantic Ocean.
In the scope of the IceAGE project species ecology is the main topic. By means of species distribution modeling the relationship between the occurrence of a species and the environmental parameters of the habitat is analysed and eventually a species distribution model formulated.