Zoological Institute and Museum

Zoological Institute

The Zoological Institute of Kiel University includes a total of 9 research groups that cover a diversity of modern biological research topics and present these within both the Bachelor- and Master courses of the Biology section. The current research fields include cell and developmental biology of the interaction between cnidarians and their microbiome (Bosch group), limnological-ecological research on macrozoobenthos (Brendelberger group), human ageing and chronobiology (Dittmar group), functional morphology and biomechanics of insects and vertebrates (Gorb group), population genetics of various mammalian species (Hartl group), comparative immunobiology using protists and various invertebrate taxa (Leippe group), molecular physiology of the fruitfly Drosophila (Roeder group), structural biology for structure-function analysis of proteins (Scheidig group), and evolutionary ecology and genetics of host-microbe interactions (Schulenburg group).

The Zoological Institute is closely linked to the Zoological Museum (see below), with which it forms an organisational unit within the section of Biology. The groups of the Zoological Institute are part of various research initiatives, including the Kiel focus areas Kiel Life Science, Kiel Marine Science and Kiel Nano Science, the Excellence Clusters Inflammation at Interfaces and Future Ocean, the Excellence Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes or the International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology. Further information is available on the individual webpages of the groups.

working goups


Zoological Museum

The Zoological Museum Kiel is one of the oldest natural history museums in Germany. Its beginnings go back to the 17th century. In the 19th century the museum evolved into one of the most significant zoological research institutes in Germany. Thus, the museum archives - until today - unique collections with high scientific and cultural value. This can be seen in the exhibitions: Valuable original preparations from three centuries show the thematic range from the history of the museum to the latest marine research. Especially impressive is the central hall of the museum. In the year 1881, the Architect Martin Gropius from Berlin created a unique spatial experience of exceptional aesthetics using a fascinating combination of glass, steel and light.

Zoological Museum