Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology

Welcome to the homepage of Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology

The Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology is named after the famous anatomist and anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach from Göttingen (1752-1840)

Research topics

Our main research topics are:


  • Neurobiological foundations of behavior and cognition.
  • Evolution, diversity and ecology of the animals and nature conservation.
  • Functional genetics of insects and their applications in pest control.
  • Historical Anthropology


Our partners at the Göttingen campus

The institute works in research and has a close teaching relationship with the German Primate Center (DPZ). Several departments of the DPZ are set up as bridge professorships with the institute.

Further, we collaborate in teaching and science with the University Medical Center and extra-university institutions like the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, the Max-PIanck-Institute of Experimental Medicine, the Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and the European Neuroscience Institute.

Within several inter-faculty centers, departments of the institute work together with partners of the Göttingen Campus on current scientific questions.

Blumenbach lecture

We regularly invite lectures from the outstanding scientist Blumenbach-Lecture on our institute site.