Centre of Natural History

Consortium name  
German Consortium: Association of German Natural History Museums in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region (NORe)
Institution (Original name) 
Centrum für Naturkunde
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3
Postal code 
20146
City 
Hamburg
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Germany
Phone 

(+49) 40 42838-5633

Fax 
(+49) 40 42838 -3937
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
University
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Dr. Angelika Brandt (deputy chair) + 49(0)40-42838-2278, abrandt@uni-hamburg.de (marine invertebrates, focus Crustacea, Isopoda)

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dreyer (will retire in September 2014), Prof. Dr. Dirk Brandis, Zoological Museum Kiel

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hoth, Professur Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie, Tel.: +49 42816-582, stefan.hoth@uni-hamburg.de

Organigram 

As the structure of the Zoological Museum Hamburg and the other parts of the Natural History Museums of the University of Hamburg is currently changing, we will not submit our current organogram, as this will change soon. We hope to be able to soon also change the NORe statues and integrate (add) the other Natural History Museums of the University of Hamburg) to NORe, however, we will first have to await the implementation of the new structure in the University of Hamburg as well the senate.

Governing and executive bodies 

Director of the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg is in hierarchy under Director of the Zoological Institute (Prof. Dr. Jörg Ganzhorn) Head of the MIN Faculty (Prof. Dr. Gräner) President of the University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Lenzen)

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff80
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections80
c) Post-docs / PhD students030
d) Others (Associates, etc.)010
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)1640
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 40
f) Collection Managers / technicians100
g) Others 23
TOTAL (e+f+g) 163
Total permanent staff 
32
Total non-permanent staff 
43
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
75
Male (%) 
80
Female (%) 
20
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
4
List of laboratories 
  1. Morphology laboratory (several rooms)
  2. SEM
  3. TEM
  4. Genetic laboratory (several rooms) Moreover, each department has one collection laboratory for systematics, taxonomy, washing of samples, etc.
List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

SEM, TEM, CLSM, martSCAN3D (Breuckmann GmbH, Meersburg, Germany) mit Optocat. PolyWorks v. 11 (InnovMetric Software Inc., Québec, Canada); SAGA 2.0.7 (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses, SAGA Development Team 2011); µsurf custom Oberflächentopometer (Nanofocus AG, Germany; zPrinter 650 (zcorporation); MicroScribe G2x, animal facilities, Histo-scanner

Other scientific / R&D facilities 

All collections are used for research in systematics, morphology, evolutionary research, ecology, etc and are constantly developed based on the research and new material added.

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
1
Number of recent exhibitions 
5
Number of current exhibitions 
2
Number of future exhibitions 
10
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Invertebrates
Summary of your Research programme 
  1. In the focus of research in the Invertebrates 1 are the morphology and evolution of different animal taxa and different organ systems.
  2. The work in the department Invertebrates 2 focuses on the assessment of biodiversity and distribution patterns and its potential drivers across different marine benthic habitats and regions with special emphasis on deep-sea areas and the Southern Ocean. The latter are difficult to sample, yet have been intensely studied over the last few years due to increased effort in the framework of international projects. Across national natural history collections the ZMH represents a unique position in marine biodiversity research of the Southern Ocean deep sea. It has a close collaboration with the German Centre of Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB, Senckenberg located in Wilhelmshaven and Hamburg).
Research Field 
Entomology
Summary of your Research programme 

In the entomology department research covers the evolution of the genus Nasonia (Hymenoptera), the life history and taxonomy of Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera), higher level phylogeny of Hymenoptera, biodiversity of Malagasy Odonata, taxonomy and biology of Phasmatodea and Mantodea, taxonomy and biology of Trichoptera, phylogeny and evolution of primarily wingless hexapods.

Research Field 
Malacology
Summary of your Research programme 

In Malacology biodiversity and evolution of land snails is studied with the main focus of the department is biodiversity research about land snails. The spectrum of subjects reaches from species surveys, taxonomical revisions, and phylogenetic analyses to analyses of speciation processes. Geographical focuses are South-eastern Europe, Asia anterior, Uganda and Columbia. Moreover, biogeography and macroecology as well as molecular phylogeny of the bilaterian phyla, considering especially the lophophorate lineages are important research areas.

Research Field 
Ichthyology
Summary of your Research programme 

In ichthyology one of the major research areas is habitat modeling for fish species and other taxa. There is a great need to produce predictive models to relate biological (community, population and individual) data to environmental factors - such that the development of methods to be used to help interpret and predict changes in environments and faunas.

A major goal of the research is therefore to develop new types of habitat models where predictions are based on detailed knowledge of habitat use and population dynamics of fishes and other taxa. Moreover, biodiversity, ecology and speciation of estuarine andfluvial fishes is studies besides the systematics, morphology, taxonomy and habitat use of Elasmobranchs, Ostarioclupeomorpha and Percomorpha.

Research Field 
Herpetology
Summary of your Research programme 

The main research focus in the herpetology department: Research interests include

  1. Biodiversity and systematics of SE Asian amphibians: Three projects currently investigate the species inventory of East Malaysian (Borneo) protected areas, the frog communities in disturbed habitats on the island of Sumatra, and the correlation of frog communities and watershed areas on Sumatra. These works include genetic barcoding of the respective areas.
  2. Funktional morphology: Some of the studies focus on larval morphology, their functional and phylogenetic significance in the evolution of frogs. Other work is done on the morphology and function of the breast should apparatus of frogs. Studies on reptiles include work on the nasal morphology of reptiles, (in collaboration) the genetic phylogeny of African house snakes, and the taxonomy and systematics of Agamidae.
Research Field 
Mammalogy
Summary of your Research programme 

In mammalogy the evolution and functional morphology of the dentition of herbivorous mammals is investigated. The functional analysis of dentition of herbivore mammals constitutes the basis for the understanding of habitat driven adaptation in food ecology. In order to produce a convincing reconstruction of habitat specific food adaptation in extant as well as in fossil ungulates, new methods for inferring dietary preferences and are being developed.

Our focus in on the analysis of functional adaptation of the masticatory system (Enamel Ridge Morphometry, ontogenetic wear gradients and experimental occlusal mechanics). In our present work therefore bio-mechanic considerations play an important role. Moreover, the use of resources in terrestrial habitats is analyzed and the occlusal fingerprint analyser (OFA) is used as a virtual 3D tool for reconstructing masticatory movement of teeth in mammalian dentitions.

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
80
Annual journals/series 

Mitteilungen aus dem Hamburgischen Zoologischen Museum und Institut Entomologische Mitteilungen aus dem Hamburgischen Zoologischen Museum und Institut Verhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg Abhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg

EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Zoology14766100000003010
Total specimens (all collections) 
10,000,000
Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

Many scientific libraries, for entomology we host the most important library in north Germany.

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
No
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
about 200
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
about 2000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
50
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Nematomorpha
Crustacea, Polychaeta
Gastropoda, Bivalvia, Insecta Tardigrada, Chelicerata, Amphibia, Reptilia Pisces Mammalia
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

740 educational science dispositions per year (guided tours for people of 5 to 99 yeas, with the following topic: wales and dolphins, evolution of wales, of primates, dinosaur and relatives, insects, North and Eastern Sea, endangered Biodiversity. Birthday parties with following themes: dinosaurs, wales, safari, native animals).

Long museum night from 6 p.am to 2 am. With guided tours to the collections, activities around a scientific topic e.g. neozoa, biodiversity. Science night from 5 p.am to 12 p.am with a look in the research program of the museum. Advanced training for teachers, educational student courses.

- open house days attract many visitors (usually about 2000 in a few hours)

- Press work

Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Dr. Jakob Hallermann +49 42838 2283, hallermann@ uni-hamburg.de Daniel Bein +49 42838 2276 Daniel.bein@uni-hamburg.de

Visitors
Last year:  
61 400
Trends (past and future) 

increasing of 10 % per year

If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

Education for teachers, training for customs’ administrators

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Yes, several bachelor and master courses ranging from systematics, vial evolution, ecology to outreach activities in special classes

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

If your institution is involved in training projects, please describe them and the partners 

Customs employee training

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

Open house, long nights of the museums and of science

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Dr. Jakob Hallermann ++49 42838 2283, hallermann@ uni-hamburg.de Daniel Bein ++40 42838 2276 Daniel.bein@uni-hamburg.de

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Taxonomy

Phylogenetic systematics

Functional morphology Habitat modelling Ecomorpholopgy Marine biology

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

DNA Barcoding

Tropical Biodiversity

continuous efforts in above mentioned disciplines

WHICH NETWORKS OR ORGANISATIONS SHOULD CETAF BE A MEMBER OF? 

GBIF

European Journal of Taxonomy

Last update 
11.24.16