Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Franziska Merle Willems

Plant Evolutionary Ecology

Institute of Evolution & Ecology

University of Tubingen

Auf der Morgenstelle 5

72076 Tubingen, Germany

Phone: +49 7071 29 72976

franziska.willems [ at ]


Research interests

Within my PhD project I investigate how land use and climate change affect the flowering phenology of forest understory plants. I combine field surveys with the study of herbarium collections to track potential changes of phenology as a consequence of forest management interventions and changing climatic conditions. Genomic changes in the same plants will be studied as part of a close collaboration with the Ancient Genomics & Evolution group at the MPI for Developmental Biology ( 
Having worked on plant animal interaction – especially pollination and seed dispersal behavior – during my master studies I am also interested in behavioral ecology and, due to my background in the social sciences, in interdisciplinary approaches especially the philosophy of biology.


2017 - now PhD at the University of Tübingen


- 2016

MSc Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Marburg


- 2014

BSc in Biology and MA Science of Religion at the University of Marburg


- 2011

BA Comparative Studies in Cultures and Religions at the University of Marburg