Current NEWS from the LIB cosmos
From newly discovered animal species to treasures of historical collections, from environmental changes to nature conservation in the Anthropocene, from the opening of a special exhibition to a panel discussion: you will find all the latest information here. We also offer current press releases for download in the press area.
Women in Herpetology – 50 stories from around the world
Umilaela Arifin works as a herpetologist at the Museum of Natural History in Hamburg and has experienced a great deal in her research career. Now, she has teamed up with 49 other women in her field to publish “Women in Herpetology”.
Across borders for nature conservation in the Caucasus
On November 20 and 21, scientists from the LIB and their partners from Georgia and Armenia will present the CaBOL-project’s results in Tbilisi, as negotiations about Georgia’s EU candidacy progress.
Foundation stone laid for multinational research center in the Caucasus
The freely accessible database is in place, the laboratory infrastructure is functioning. The Caucasus Barcode of Life (CaBOL) project has laid the foundation for a multinational research center in the Caucasus.
Trend that eyespots enlarge in butterflies
Eye spots, color patterns that resemble the eyes of vertebrates, on butterfly wings are common in nature. A research team involving the LIB and researchers in Mexico, Brazil and the US, have now identified a trend towards fewer and bigger eyespots in a group of tropical butterflies in a DNA-based study.
“It’s not the weather – we humans are causing insect declines”
Can the weather really be the main cause of insect declines in Central Europe? A recent study in the journal Nature blames (altered) weather conditions for sharp declines in insect biomass. Christoph Scherber, Deputy Director of the LIB, disagrees.
Research on the “pregnant fish” continues
Some ricefish species from Sulawesi (Indonesia) practice what is known as “pelvic brooding”: they carry their eggs on their bodies until they hatch, rather than depositing them on plants like other ricefish species.