Since the Joanneum was founded, collecting activity, research and education have been among the main tasks of the staff of the Zoological Collection.


These days the focus is on researching Styria’s fauna. The research results are available for visitors as well as colleagues, find their way into reports, fill both academic and popular science publications, and last not least form important components in our educational activities in the form of exhibitions, lectures and excursions.



Current research priorities are faunistic, ecological findings on ground beetles of the eastern Alpine region as well as long-term studies of birds and bats. This includes applied research into such topics as the damage caused by ravens to fruit plantations, and by cormorants and grey herons in the fishing industry. On an international level investigations are underway into the migratory patterns of water fowl and into the biology of Mediterranean bird types. 

Centre of Natural History

8045 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9000


Universalmuseum Joanneum
Tel: +43/316/8017-9000