We support fundamental research in the field of systematics. These activities are the basis to understand species, their distribution in space and time, ecology, evolution and physiology of organisms.
Every statement in biology must be based on correct species identifications. Taxonomic work needs long-term experience, as well as specialist research infrastructure: specimen collections. The research activities in the Malacology Section focus on taxonomy, using one of the world’s largest and most important malacological collections. The Malacology Section contributes to the general research area Biodiversity and Systematics.
Several of our long term research projects highlight to the major strengths of the collection.