Evolution and Geoprocesses
In this Science Programme, biological, geological and planetological problems are investigated at a multidisciplinary level with partners all over the world. This research is based on the collections, while newly gained scientific insights, in turn, have an effect on the development of our comprehensive collection. Zoologists, palaeontologists and geoscientists look into questions of microevolutionary mechanisms of population differentiation and the formation of species, the evolution of the design and polymorphism of organisms. Our work covers the timespan from the birth of our solar system to the present and includes the modelling of future scenarios. Processes of diversity dynamics are also studied, looking at changes in symbiotic communities over space and time.
The Science Programme Evolution and Geoprocesses has 150 staff – the Museum’s own scientists, visiting scientists, doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as numerous undergraduate students from all over the world. There are two state-of-the-art laboratory complexes with major technical equipment, including a molecular genetics lab, computed tomography and mineralogical and geochemical equipment.
The Science Programme is subdivided into four departments.
- Palaeontological research on the skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex Tristan Otto
- Amber forests
- From a Ball of Magma to the Blue Planet