Zoological Museum Kiel

Consortium name  
German Consortium: Association of German Natural History Museums in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region (NORe)
Institution (Original name) 
Zoologisches Museum Kiel
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Hegewischstraße 03
Postal code 
24105
City 
Kiel
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Germany
Phone 

(+49) 431 880 5170

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 
Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

PD Dr. Dirk Brandis, ++49(0)431-8805176, research field Cruszrtacea Decapoda (taxonomy, biogeopgraphy, morphology, population biology)

Organigram 
  1. Director of the Zoological Museum
  2. Professor for Entomolgy /Curator od the Fabricius-Collection
  3. Staff
Governing and executive bodies 
  1. Dean of the Mathematic-Natural-Scientific Faculty, CAU
  2. Director of the Zoological Institute
PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff2
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections2
c) Post-docs / PhD students4
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)24
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 81
f) Collection Managers / technicians20
g) Others 80
TOTAL (e+f+g) 181
Total permanent staff 
12
Total non-permanent staff 
15
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
27
Male (%) 
28
Female (%) 
72
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
2
List of laboratories 

Histology and microscopy

List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

Light microscopy, Fluorescence microscopy, Inverted microscope, microtomes, ultra-microtome, SEM, digital miscroscopy

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
9
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Dived Down
Name 
Where Biology takes form
Name 
Whales in Schleswig-Holstein
Name 
Deep Sea
Name 
Future Ocean
Name 
Maritime Expeditions
Name 
Ecology of butterflies
Name 
European Birds
Name 
System of Animals
Name 
Fauna of the Baltic Sea
Name 
Touch the Teeth
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Crustacea, systematics and phylogeny of decapoda
Summary of your Research programme 

The most important research program of the museum deals with decapod crustaceans. There are three focal points in this programm:

  1. neozoa of the Baltic and North Sea
  2. morphology and phylogeny of freshwater crabs and
  3. morphology and phylogeny of reproductive systems of brachyuran crabs.

The neozoan project focus on the invasive crabs species in the Baltic sea as Eriocheir sinensis and Rithropanopeus harrisii, and invasive species of the Wadden Sea as the Hemigrapsus. In several cooperations these species are studied ecologically, with population genetics and modern morphological methods. A key study was just finished with a pHd-Thesis regarding the situation of Eriocheir sinensis, with completely new results on ongoing invasion process of Eriocheir in the Baltic sea.

Additionally studies deal with invasive shrimp species in the Baltic sea and invasive decapods in freshwater systems in Schleswig-Holstein Freshwater crab projects at present work with crabs species from Laos (in a cooperation with Peter Jäger Senckenbergmuseum) and on the general phylogeny of old world freshwater crabs in particular of SE-Asia and the Himalayas. Cooperation partners are Dr. Christoph Schubart, University Regensburg, Dr. Sebastian Klaus, University of Frankfurt and Prof. Peter NG, University of Singapore. Main topic is the phylogeny of Old World freshwater crabs based on molecular and morphological methods.

In the third topic we mainly study the reproductive systems of crabs under different aspects. First aim is to understand the different morphotyes of receptaculaseminis as well as the sperm transfer strategies of crabs. This is done in a evolutionary and a taxonomic context, most interesting are in particular the heterotremate crabs.

Research Field 
Functional morphology of brachyura
Research Field 
Neozoa of the Baltic Sea and adjacent waters
Research Field 
taxonomy, systematics and biogeography with a special focus on the genus Colletes and the bee fauna of southern Africa.
Summary of your Research programme 

 bee taxonomy, systematics and biogeography with a special focus on the genus Colletes and the bee fauna of southern Africa. Both, Colletes bees and the biodiversity hotspot of the Greater Cape Floristic Region in western South Africa, are ideal models for studying evolutionary processes like flower specialization and the role of plant-pollinator interactions as drivers of diversification.

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
4
Other publications 

Key Publications:

Klaus S, Selvandran S, Goh JW, Wowor D, Brandis D, Koller P, Schubart CD, Streit B, Meier R, Ng PKL, Yeo DCJ. (2013) Out of Borneo: Neogene diversification of Sundaic freshwater crabs (Crustacea: Brachyura: Gecarcinucidae: Parathelphusa). J Biogeogr, 40: 63-74

Otto, T. & Brandis, D. 2011: First evidence of Eriocheir sinensis reproduction from Schleswig—Holstein, Northern Germany, western Baltic Sea. Aquatic Invasions Volume 6, Supplement 1: 65–S69.



Klaus, S., Brandis, D. 2011. Evolution of sperm morphology in potamid freshwater crabs (Crustacea: Brachyura: Potamoidea). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 161: 53–63.



Becker, C., Storch, V. Brandis. D.2011 Morphology of the female reproductive system of European pea crabs (Decapoda, Brachyura, Pinnotheridae)" Journal of Morphology 272: 12–26

EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology200
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Zoology4006000000401
Total specimens (all collections) 
6,000,200
Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 
  • Type(s) of objects 4 (Books, Paintings, letters and Manuscript
  • No. of objects (of each type) Books: ca. 800; Paintings and drawings: ca. 300, letters and manuscripts: ca. 400
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
10
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
> 500 Series
Number of scientific visitors per year 
84
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Crustacea
Insects
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Dr. Dirk Brandis, 0049 ()0431)-880-5176 Email: brandis@zoolmuseum.uni-kiel.de

Visitors
Last year:  
25 000
Trends (past and future) 

40000

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

The Museum offers paedagogical programs for schools presented by students, being trained and prepared by the Museum scientists. http://www.zoologisches-museum.uni-kiel.de/index.php/museumspaedagogik

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

Yes, we are teaching in Bachelor- and master-studies Zoology, systematics, phylogenetics and Morphology

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

No

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 
Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Julia Plath ++49 (0)431-880-5186 jplath@zoolmuseum.uni-kiel.de

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

systematic research

biogeograpby and neozoa

functional morphology

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

systematic and phylogenetic research

morphology of arthropods, evolution of structures

Neozoa and biogeography

Last update 
02.07.17