Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Welcome ... to the Plant Ecology group website, led by Prof. Dr. Katja Tielbörger! Here you can find information to our main research topics, our teaching, our staff, job announcements and news. Ms Tielbörger is also head of the Botanical Garden.

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New publication

09.09.2019 ► OIKOS: Plant community stability results from shifts in species assemblages following whole community transplants across climates. Sara Tomiolo, Mark Bilton and Katja Tielbörger,


New colleague in the NamTip project

01.09.2019 ► Welcome to Dr. Sara Heshmati, PostDoc in the NamTip project and based in Tübingen. Sara an Iranian national with experience in ecology and management of rangeland ecosystems has joined the project team on a two year contract.


Radio Interview on smart plants

05.08.2019 ► Quarks, SWR interview on smart Plants, this is in German and a series of interviews with different scientist, Katja is featured at around 21 minutes and 45 seconds of this podcast.



Prof. Dr. Katja Tielbörger
+49 (0)7071 29-74246



Daniela Schloz 
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Plant Ecology
Inst of Evolution & Ecology
University of Tübingen
Auf der Morgenstelle 5
D-72076 Tübingen




PhD Defence: Anubhav Mohiley

Anubhav Mohiley has successfully defended his PhD project on 'The role of biotic interaction in determining metal hyperaccumulation in plants'. Congratulations, Anu.


Dr. Merav Seifan Ambassador for the University Tübingen

Our former Assistant Professor, Dr. Merav Seifan, was appointed Ambassador of Tübingen University.  The University Ambassador title is awarded to research alumni and alumnae of the University of Tübingen whose connections to their alma mater are of outstanding quality and eminence. The ambassador network is part of Tübingen’s international research alumni relations within the framework of the University’s internationalization strategy. attempto online


Smart Plants on TV

Katja Tielbörger and her group will feature on two different TV documentaries. On June 15. at 7pm, the 'smart plant' project will be shown within the programme 'Gut zu Wissen' on Bavarian Television (BR). Additionally, the SWR will show a contribution about plant intelligence in the documentary series 'Odysso' on June 27. at 10pm.