Research efforts at the Museum of Natural History here in Bamberg are carried out by external researchers who focus first and foremost on editing existing collections, namely the scientific analysis of the Schneid'schen insect collection of mostly hymenopterans.
For ten years now, their own research has been concentrated on the plattenkalk of the Late Jurassic period (early stages of the Late Kimmeridgian) of Wattendorf. The town is located about 20 km from Bamberg at the northern end of the so-called Obermainalb. In the stone quarry run by the company Andreas Schorr GmbH & Co KG, laminated plattenkalk was discovered in 2000, which are comparable to those found around the area of the southern Franconia (between Solnhofen to Kelheim). Since 2004, the has been conducting an annual 4 to 6-week excavation campaign, during which approximately 4,000 objects have been secured thus far.
In its own unique way, the Wattendorfer quarry encompasses approx. 30 hectares of the former microbial sponge reefs interlaced with layered sediments inside a former basin. To this extent, geological documentation and interpretation is a large part of the relevant research. Since the Wattendork plattenkalk is the oldest Late Jurassic plattenkalk in Central Europe, it contains fossils of numerous new taxa. Their main interest is scholarly research.