Main Vertebrate Research targets are
Biodiversity, morphology, functional morphology, biogeography, taxonomy and systematics in different taxa of vertebrate animals.
Currently our work focuses on the following issues:
Dr. Stefan T. Hertwig:
Biodiversity and phylogeny of amphibians in southeast Asia (see Herpetology, Frogs of Borneo)
Dr. Lukas Rüber:
Biodiversity and phylogeny of fishes in southeast Asia
Evolution of Gobies
Evolution of parrots
Dr. Marc Nussbaumer:
Canine research and Archaeozoology
Dr. André Rehazek: Archaeozoology
The vertebrate animals department is equipped with a molecular genetic laboratory for phylogenetic DNA analyses. Head of laboratory: Dr. Stefan T. Hertwig, scientific staff: Manuel Schweizer.
Our histological laboratory is equipped for morphological analyses including slide sectioning using different techniques of staining and embedding. Technical assistant: Beatrice Blöchlinger.