The Department of Animal Biodiversity has collaborations in the following countries:
The cooperation is funded by the DFG, among others (project duration 2010-2013 to date).
- Dr Richard C. Willan, Senior Curator Molluscs
Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin – Australia
- Dr Frank Köhler, Research Scientist, Malacology
Australian Museum, Sydney - Australia
There is a cooperation agreement with LIPI - Indonesian Academy of Sciences (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia; LIPI), represented by the "Research Center for Biology" in Bogor near Jakarta, which was already started in 2007 on the initiative and during the work of Dr Matthias Glaubrecht at the Museum für Naturkunde (Berlin; 1997-2014). It serves to promote joint research and education projects on the biodiversity of the Indomalayan archipelago.
This includes two of the world's 32 biodiversity 'hotspots'. Biodiversity hotspots are areas characterised by a very high proportion - at least 1,500 - of plant species only found there, with a simultaneous loss of at least 70% of the natural vegetation.
This has put the exchange of scientists and research material and the implementation of joint research projects, which has been carried out in cooperation with Dr. Ristiyanti M. Marwoto from Bogor since 1999, on a broader basis.
Within the framework of this cooperation, working groups at various locations, including the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (LIB), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and German universities, are working on the following groups of freshwater organisms: molluscs (Prof. Dr Matthias Glaubrecht, Dr Thomas von Rintelen), crustaceans, fishes, sponges.
- Dr Ristiyanti M. Marwoto, Zoological Museum Bogor, Indonesia
Since 2010, researchers from LIB and the University of Hamburg have had a cooperation agreement with researchers at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science at Silpakorn University in Nakhon Pathom, near Bangkok. The aim is to promote joint research and education projects on biodiversity and evolution in continental Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand.
Within the framework of the Thai "Royal Golden Jubilee PhD program" (RGJ), Prof. Dr. Matthias Glaubrecht (LIB) and Assist. Prof. Dr. Duangduen Krailas (Silpakorn University) have agreed on the exchange of young scientists, the supervision of Thai PhD students and the implementation of joint research projects in Thailand as well as in Germany. The cooperation focuses on groups of freshwater organisms, especially molluscs and here limnic gastropods (including Thiaridae, Paludomidae and Pachychilidae). The cooperation has so far been funded by the DAAD (PPT Thailand) and the Thai Research Foundation (TRF).