We investigate the effects of global climate and land-use change on the biodiversity and range dynamics of vertebrates, especially of birds. We focus on ecosystem consequences of these changes at all organizational levels including geographic ranges, species diversity, community structure, and population dynamics.
We use a a wide range of disciplines to gain insights in the biodiversity of oomycetes and a deeper knowledge of the evolutionary processes that have shaped oomycete diversity and their biotic interaction. Furthermore a Junior research group studies the genomes of fungi.
Our research group compares and analyzes the genomes of vertebrates to get a better understanding of their evolution. We focus on mammals. In previous studies we have looked into the genomes of giraffe, whale and bear species as well as crocodile and marsupial species.
Human actions globally jeopardise natural ecosystems. We investigate how these human impacts and anthropogenic climate change modify biodiversity and ecological processes and functions. Our research primarily aims to disentangle the functional causes and consequences of global biodiversity loss.
Fungi are almost ubiquitous microorganisms with a great potential for various applications in medicine, biotechnology and food production. Being exposed to lots of antagonists in nature, fruiting body-forming fungi – mushrooms – mainly rely on chemical defense against these.
We investigate a broad range of topics, bringing together large-scale biogeographical patterns and macroevolutionary processes. We work on biodiversity dynamics in time (geological time scales) and space (usually regional or global scale) of terrestrial vertebrates, in particular mammals and birds.
We conduct research on medically relevant organisms, including parasites, disease vectors (e.g. mosquitoes, rodents, bats) and reservoir hosts. We focus on the population dynamics, ecology, life cycles and transmission mechanisms using a broad spectrum of methods, from specimen-based taxonomy using morphological and molecular approaches, to advanced approaches of phylogeography and niche modelling.
We investigate phenotypic and genomic variation in and between ecological key species in order to reveal functional similarities and differences of climate tolerance across taxa and ecosystems.
Our research aims at understanding organism-environment interactions using molecular tools. We look into the genetic and genomic signatures (in populations, species and communities) as a result of environmental conditions, the influence of climatic factors on the interaction of organisms, and the of partners in a symbiosis and microbiomes in this regard.
Members of this group study theoretical and applied aspects of movement- and wildlife ecology, from the behavioral underpinnings and social interactions to ecosystem functions and macro-ecological patterns. Other members investigate how the consumption of globally traded agricultural and forestry products impacts the environment at the site of their cultivation.
We use the isotopic fingerprint of climate, biodiversity and geodynamic processes to understand Earth System dynamics in the geologic past. Reconstructing the interplay between global climate change and mountain building allows us to establish climate change histories that may serve as templates for future climate projections.
Our working group investigates interactions between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and climate on spatiotemporal scales ranging local studies to the globe and from the past to future scenarios. We develop process-based and statistical computer models for simulating the dynamics of species and ecosystems, in particular dynamic regional to global vegetation models.
The research field comprises studies on different Cnidaria taxa with the main focus on Scyphozoa, Hydrozoa, and Staurozoa which are investigated in taxonomic and ecological studies.
In the Ecological Biodiversity Research we investigate the interaction of meiofauna organisms with their environment. From the intertidal down to the deep sea these 1 mm-sized inhabitants of the sea floor play a crucial part in food webs.
The SDEI focuses its research on phylogenetic systematics as well as on biogeography. That means the examination of phylogeny and classification of species within the megadiverse insect orders such as Hymenoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera and Lepidoptera.
In the Crustacea section we mainly study decapods. These are animals that the non-specialist will easily classify as crustaceans.
Our section converges aquatic entomology and evolutionary biology. We aim to elucidate diversification, speciation, ecological adaptation and dispersal of mainly aquatic and semi-aquatic insects model organisms.
River and Floodplain Ecology Research at the division is concerned with long-term changes of aquatic biodiversity, the effects of restoration measures on aquatic communities in streams and rivers, as well as the influence of climate change on aquatic invertebrates. These topics are worked on predominantly in the context of different national and international research projects.
Die Sektion Kryptogamen verwaltet und pflegt die Sammlungen von Algen, Moosen, Pilzen, Flechten und Farnen des Herbarium Senckenbergianum (FR).
On one hand the staff of the section is fully involved in the day-to-day routine of the the Grunelius-Möllgaard-Laboratory in order to secure optimal working conditions, provide logistic support by ordering consumables and troubleshooting expertise.
The Conservation Genetics Group develops and applies modern DNA-based tools to aid research and conservation of endangered European wildlife.
The Section Palaeoanthropology closely cooperates with the Research Centre ROCEEH of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and with New York University in the field of Human Paleobiomics.
The section is primarily focusing on the quantitative, semi-quanitative and qualitative reconstruction of selected palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental parameters, as well as the dynamics of these parameters in space and time.
The two sections work closely together and curate the higher plant collections (seed plants) of the Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/M. (FR).
The Quaternary Large Mammal Section continues a tradition of interregional Ice Age research, which has been in existence in Weimar since the second half of the 19th century.
The scientific field of the section is biodiversity and evolution of Quaternary small mammal assemblages, which are investigated in the framework of international research projects and collaborations.
The Quaternary Macroflora Section was founded in 2008 in the course of an expansion of the palaeo-botanical research in Weimar. Botanical macro-remains provide detailed information on the local vegetation, environments and climate of the past.
The Quaternary Plants Section was established in 2000 when the Institute of Quaternary Palaeontology, Weimar, was joined with the Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft. The section continues the traditions of palaeobotanical research in Weimar, based on the abundant plant remains of the Thuringian Travertine deposits.
Our main field of activity is Numeric-Morphology-Based-Alpha-Taxonomy (NUMOBAT) of the ant genera Camponotus, Cardiocondyla, Bothriomyrmex, Formica, Hypoponera, Lasius, Myrmica, Leptothorax, Tapinoma, Temnothorax and Tetramorium.
The use of molecular biological methods in state of the art evolutionary research has two major advantages: the methodology can be implemented universally in all organisms and enables insight along a long time interval of many million years.
The Dresden collection of birds houses approximately 91.000 objects including whole skins, mounted specimens, skeletons, eggs, nests and feather mounts.