Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Svenja Block

Plant Evolutionary Ecology
Institute of Evolution & Ecology
University of Tübingen
Auf der Morgenstelle 5
72076 Tübingen, Germany

Phone: +49 7071 29-74248

svenja.block [at]

Research interests

I am especially interested in biodiversity, conservation, invasion ecology and global (climate) change. Currently I am investigating what happens when exotic plant species are introduced into native plant communities. In my PhD project I want to find out whether currently unsuspicious ornamentals might have the potential to spread in native communities under altered precipitation regimes created by climate change. Apart from being a botanist, I am also interested in animal ecology and behavior, which is reflected in my diploma thesis about Greylag Geese and my work in wildlife monitoring.




- now

PhD thesis at the University of Tübingen, Germany, about the effect of precipitation reduction and precipitation variability on the invasion potential of ornamental plants.

Monitoring of wildlife, primarily birds, on a freelance basis.


- 2014

Research assistant in a project on Edible Dormice and Hazel Dormice at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, and assistant teacher in botanical courses for undergraduates at the University of Tübingen, Germany.


- 2013

Diploma thesis at the Konrad Lorenz Research Station, Austria, about the effect of parental behavior on gosling survival in Greylag Geese.


- 2013

Studies of Biology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and the University of Oulu, Finland, focusing on Zoology, Botany and Paleontology.


- 2006

Volunteering in New Zealand, including work in a restoration project in Trounson Kauri Park.