Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)


The influence of forest management on genetic diversity of plant and animal species: a cross-species study

We use next-generation sequencing to analyse the genetic diversity of plant and animal species in forests, and how it varies along gradients of forest management intensity. The project is part of the Biodiversity Exploratories, and uses its network of well-characterised forest plots in three regions of Germany (see description of our project on the Exploratories website). We work closely together with HerbAdapt, a project led by Niek Scheepens. 

Funding: DFG, 2020 - 2023

Lab members: Oliver Bossdorfcollaborators: Marcel GlückHenri Thomassen

Evolution of plant defenses during a plant invasion

plant invasion

People involved: Ramona Irimia, Isolde van Riemsdijk, Madalin Parepa, Chrisitina Richards, Oliver Bossdorf

Collaborators: Bo Li, Zhiyong Liao, Jianqing Ding, Ji Yang

Funding: DFG, NSFC



DECRyPT Arabidopsis

Effects of microbiome, host and pathogen genotype, and environment on the interaction between Pseudomonas isolates and plants

People Involved: Jun Hee Jung, Christina Richards, Oliver Bossdorf, Detlef Weigel

Funding: DFG

Duration: 2018 - 2021


Ecology of the core microbiome in natural Lotus corniculatus populations

People Involved: Frank Reis, Madalin Parepa, Oliver Bossdorf, Eric Kemen

Funding: DFG

Duration: 2018 - 2021

MOPGA-GRI - Genomics and Epigenomics of Plant Invasion

People Involved: Christina Richards, Oliver Bossdorf

Funding: DAAD

Duration: 2018 - 2022


Natural DNA methylation variation in European Thlaspi arvense populations

People Involved: Dario Galanti, Oliver Bossdorf

Funding: DFG

Duration: 2018 - 2021

Back to the future

Seed banks as a tool to investigate recent adaptation to global change

People involved: Robert Rauschkolb, Oliver Bossdorf, Niek Scheepens

Funding: DBU

Duration: 2018 - 2022

Endophytes and invasive plants

How do endophytic fungi affect the growth, environmental tolerance and competitive success of invasive knotweed?

People involved: Sigisfredo Garnica, Madalin Parepa, Frank Waller, Oliver Bossdorf

Funding: DFG

Duration: 2017 - 2021


Tracking long-term phenology and genetic changes in the Biodiversity Exploratories: a comparison of contemporary plants and historical specimens

People involved: Franziska Willems, Oliver Bossdorf

Funding: DFG

Duration: 2017 - 2021 

Global Garlic Mustard Field Survey

People involved: Rob Colautti, Oliver Bossdorf, Steven Franks, Ruth Hufbauer

Funding: NSF

Duration:  since 2009