Research – Alpine systems & biosphere change
The SNSB’s collection, research and knowledge transfer activities focus on geo- and biosphere change in space and time with an emphasis on Alpine systems.
Alpine systems are centers of diversity and are particularly sensitive to the rapid climatic changes of recent decades and increased human influence. Our focus is based on our collections and our location, nearby the Alps and the Alpine foothills as a part of Bavaria’s natural and cultural heritage. Our research activities are closely intertwined with our collections and collection activities.
We collect, archive and research:
Meteorites, minerals, rocks and fossils
- Meteorites provide important information about the structure of our planet and the solar system.
- Geodiversity describes the diversity of geological processes, including georesources that can be used by humans, e.g. mineral raw materials, fossil fuels.
- We research life of past geological eras. They are the basis for our understanding of present-day geo- and biodiversity.
Remains of humans and animals from archaeological excavations
- Humans in their cultural diversity not only influence biodiversity, but are also part of it.
- Archaeological excavations provide information about migration movements, lifestyles, health, family structures and behavioral patterns and traditions of past populations and cultures.
Historical and recent animals, plants, fungi and lichens
- Biodiversity encompasses the variety of species, the genetic diversity within a species and ecosystems.
- The species inventory of Alpine flora and fauna serves as a data basis for monitoring activities and for comparisons with ecosystems worldwide.
- Our collections and research record the changes in flora and fauna due to climate change and human influence