ZFMK, as Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, is an independent research institute.
The focal point of research is performing an inventory of the zoological species diversity on earth, the analysis of changes in biodiversity as a result of environmental factors and through evolutionary processes at the morphological and molecular level.
We furthermore explore the context of structure and function of ecological systems, advanced scientific methods and the study of the history of science.
The Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring (zbm) in Central Europe is under construction at the Koenig Research Museum. Scientific monitoring of species diversity and habitats should prevent a large proportion of local fauna from dying out unnoticed in Germany in the future. Continue to the ZBM
[19.02.2021] Invasive species such as the African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis, are a main threat to global biodiversity. Xenopus is native to Southern Africa but was introduced to four other continents. In Europe, the species could establish populations in France, Italy and Portugal. In our recently published study, we provide a novel approach, which was used to reconstruct the invasion of this highly invasive frog for Portugal.Using satellite data, including data on elevation, vegetation and land cover, we found that this almost fully aquatic frog most likely used a terrestrial corridor with three golf course ponds next to Laje River to reach a second river.
[25.01.2021] As part of the EU Horizon 2020 research project DIVERSify, researchers have been working on investigating the viability of species mixture cropping as an alternative to crop monoculture.During the project, we have created a video web series which explores the practical and theoretical considerations of mixed cropping and the ecosystem services that they can provide.