New approaches to discovering and naming diversity

Taxonomy is the basis for documenting, quantifying, and understanding changes in biodiversity.

Why is naming newly discovered species important?
Species names based on standardized naming conventions are used to link new information with existing knowledge. Hierarchical classifications (ex: Family -> Genus -> Species) within these conventions permits effective communication and extrapolation of findings between researchers.


We are a German network of 27 research projects that are focused on using natural history museum specimens with new approaches for discovering and naming biodiversity. We are funded under DFG priority program SPP 1991.