We conduct biodiversity research with a focus on evolutionary and ecological research questions regarding adaptation mechanisms as well as colonization and diversification processes, which resulted in the extant plant diversity of epiphytic and arid habitats. Our current study systems are from the bryophytes, mainly liverworts, and vascular plants, mainly angiosperms.

Our main interest is in:

  • Molecular systematics (phylogenetics/-genomics) to infer species relationships
  • Land plant evolution in time and space, i.e., biogeography, on the species and population level
  • Ecological transcriptomic studies to decipher genetic adaptation mechanisms