Research Projects

In the fields of Botany, Zoology, and Earth Sciences, important specimens are collected, studied, documented, and preserved. They represent the basis for researching Mother Nature. Interest is focused on South Tyrol, but adjacent regions and the entire Alpine region are not neglected.

In addition to the Museum's personnel, freelance workers, numerous volunteers, and interns are likewise involved.

Geology

Puez

Life and climate 140 million years ago

A 3-year projected funded by the Austrian Scientific Fund FWF (project P20018-N10) and led by Dr. Mag. Alexander LUKENEDER from the Vienna Natural History Museum began in 2008. It was a cooperation between the Vienna Natural History Museum and the South Tyrol Nature Museum. For this project, 22 scientists in 7 countries are investigating the climate and life in the area that is now the Dolomites during the Cretaceous period.

Pseudovoltzia

Permian Flora from the Bletterbach-Butterloch Region

Findings of fossilised plants in Perm in the southern Alps date back to the 19th century, although individual authors have often complained about their poor state of preservation. In South Tyrol itself, the findings from this period come from the Gröden sandstone in Auer and from the Seiser Alm, however the most famous sites to have been described are Cuecenes (Gröden) and the Bletterbach/Butterloch region.

Botany

Flora von Südtirol

The Flora of South Tyrol

Current research in the field of Botany focuses on the cataloging of pteriodophytes (ferns) and spermatophytes (seed-bearing plants) of the province of Bozen/Bolzano. The goal is to catalog all of the flora of the province and thus to fill a century-old gap which has existed since the publication of the last standard work on South Tyrol (Dalla Torre & Sarnthein 1906-1912).

Neophyten

Neophytes of Tyrol

The purpose of this super-regional project is to investigate how the neophyte flora within the historic boundaries of Tyrol has changed over the course of the last century.

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Zoology

Arktoalpiner und boreomontane Tiere

Genetic species delimitation of selected arctic-alpine and boreo-montane animals in South Tyrol

Due to long isolation and interrupted gene flow arctic-alpine and boreo-montane animals are among the outstanding examples of possible allopatric processes of speciation. Generally, the comparison between central and north European populations is limited to a few taxa and has hitherto been focused on morphology.

Die Heuschrecken Südtirols

The Locusts of South Tyrol

Research on the dissemination in recent times of locusts in South Tyrol.
With 82 registered species in South Tyrol (Hellrigl 1996), the locusts represent a medium-size group of insects.

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Museum Sciences

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Interdisciplinary Projekts

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