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

Statistical Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics, Staff Council, Comparative Vertebrate Genomics, Computational Genomics, Lepidoptera
Directorate, Administration, ZFMK International Graduate School

Projects

Experimental and Applied Ecology, Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring
Experimental and Applied Ecology
Lepidoptera, Biobank, Metabarcoding

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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

[02.03.2021] With their election they also take the positions as Ph.D. representatives of ZFMK within the Leibniz community.
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[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.
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[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.
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