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.

If you want to get us to know us better, join one of our regular group seminars which we host together with the Plant Evolutionary Ecology group! We are presenting our work in these seminars and provide you with an insight into the highly active and diverse range of research topics of the plant ecology department.

Enjoy exploring our website and feel free to contact anyone if you are interested in finding out more about any particular topics, or if you want to pay us a visit.


Smart Plants on TV

05.06.2019 ► 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), find here the link Additionally, the SWR will show a contribution about plant intelligence in the documentary series 'Odysso' on June 27. at 10pm.

Funding: NamTip project funded by BMBF

07.02.2019 ► NamTip aims to foster an improved understanding of degradation processes leading up to desertification tipping points (DTPs) in dry (Namibian) rangelands. The subproject located at the Plant Ecology group will focus on primary productivity and soil seedbank dynamics near DTPs and aims to identify potential early-warning signals. Two PhD and several BSc/MSc projects will be available during the 3-year runtime (2019-2022).


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



Angela Gürtel
Opening hours Mon-Thurs
10-12noon and 14-16hrs

+49 (0)7071 29-73235
(Fax -5356)



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




Publication: aDGVM2 model implements grasses' life history and selective grazing

A publication co-authored by Jan Ruppert presents an important update to the aDGVM2 model, a trait-based global vegetation model (Ecological Modelling). In its newest implementation aDGVM2 now distinguishes between annual and perennial grasses and simulates selective grazing. The model thus made a leap towards realistically modelling plant-animal interactions in rangelands.