The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Research Museum

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.

Publications

Chair Molecular Biodiversity Research, Computational Genomics, Molecular Laboratory, Hymenoptera, Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research, Statistical Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics

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INVAXEN
Invasion Biology of Xenopus
The INVAXEN project investigates the African Clawed Frogs' ecology, physiology, invasive potential and dispersal patterns in South Africa, Belgium, France and Portugal.
HPC Cluster
High-Performance Computing
Next generation sequencing techniques are generating unprecedented amounts of data which challenge concepts of data analyses and storage.
1KITE
Evolution of the insects
1000 Insect Transcriptome Evolution: This international research project covers the evolutionary history of insects in historically unprecedented extent.
GBoL
German Barcode of Life
GBoL aims at covering the biodiversity of all German animals, fungi and plants based on their genetic DNA barcodes, providing the data for applications.
Heart of the museum
Our collections
Outstanding scientific collections are the basis of Museum Koenig's scientific research.

The Centre of Taxonomy and Evolutionary Research (ZTE) consists of ten custodies, from arachnids to mammals. It also hosts the scientific collections.
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Scientists of the Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research (ZMB) work on diverse aspects of molecular biodiversity research, bioinformatics, and curate the biobank.
Learn more about ZMB

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

Research News

[14.05.2019] Today, the three-dimensional visualization and analysis of biological samples using computer tomography (CT) is a routine procedure. However, in the past it was very difficult to visualize the fine surface details of many organisms. Scientists at the Universities of Cologne and Bonn and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity in Bonn have now developed a new method to digitally capture and display even the finest surface structures.
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[12.04.2019] The EU-SYNTHESYS+ project funds access of international scientist (emphasis EU) to the sientific collections and research infrastructure of ZFMK. Supported are visits of several weeks. This includes both, access to the scientific collections, and research infrastructure such as the labs for morphology and molecular research. The actual call is open, and ends April 12th. SYNTHESYS+ is the most important research network of European natural history museums.
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[18.12.2018] Scientists at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity (ZFMK) discovered more than 450 millipedes in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber.
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