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.


Welcome Dr. Maria Májeková

01.12.2018 ► Maja, a plant ecologist from Slovakia has joined the plant ecology group as Senior Lecturer/ Assistant Professor. She will be involved in teaching the plant ecology as well as the biotic interaction, plant animal interaction courses.  Her research interests are the relationship between temporal stability, synchrony and plant strategies. She combines field work on semi-natural gradients with long-term field experiments and greenhouse experiments. Welcome!

Goodbye Dr. Michal Gruntman

30.11.2018 ► Sadly, Michal is leaving the plant ecology group at the end of November 2018 after 8 years in Tübingen. Michal is off to her homeland Israel to take up a senior research and teaching position at the Ben Gurion University in Tel Aviv. This is an excellent career move for Michal and allows her to establish her own lab group. We will greatly miss a lovely colleague, teacher and student supervisor, we wish her all the very best and lots of success for the future!

PhD Defence: Eleanor Gibson-Forty

19 Nov 2018 ► Eleanor Gibson-Forty has successfully defended her PhD project on 'Intraspecific variation in plant-animal interactions of the Brassicaceae family along a steep rainfall gradient in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin'. Congratulations, Ellie!


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Plant Ecology
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University of Tübingen
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Gianni left us after two years, his contract ended. He will now work on fish. Good luck for the future!


We welcome Neta Manela, a PhD student under Prof. Ofer Ovadia, from Ben Gurion University, Israel. Neta is here on a Minerva grant until the end of 2018 and will be running an experiment in our greenhouse. She collected seeds of heterocarpic species along Israel's climate gradient and separated them by their morph type (short- vs. long-dispersal), these seeds where then exposed to a smoke treatment whilst still in Israel. In her greenhouse experiment, emergence, fraction and speed will be recorded and a subset of the plants will be phenotyped during their growth.


Our congratulations go to Clara Nesongano, who today successfully defended her PhD on effects of climate change, land-use and elevated CO2 on tree-grass interactions in southern African savannas.


Congratulations to Anu, who scored the 3rd place for best student talk at PopBio 2018 in Innsbruck. Title of Anu's talk: "The role of biotic interactions in determining metal hyperaccumulation". Well done! A large delegation of our group currently visited the PopBio in Innsbruck. Had lots of fun and tons of good discussions!


EvE Seminar - Updated program and time for SoSe 2018:
Presentations now take place Tuesdays at 12:00 (st!) in lecture hall N12. For exceptions and program details check the EvE seminar pages or follow @EvE_seminars on Twitter.


A very warm welcome to Maxi, who is (re-) joining the group as PostDoc in the DRIeR project.


After almost 9 years Mark is leaving the group and heads towards Namibia. We wish you all the best and thank you for all your great work as lecturer, supervisor and scientist and even more so for being great company! In early January 18, Mark co-authored an article on responses of burrowing mammals to contrasting rangeland management. You can find it at the newly established Namibian Journal of Environment. The paper is a result of Mark's time in Namibia last year.