Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

Group leader
Oliver Bossdorf

Martina Kahnert
+49 (0)7071 29-72610

University of Tübingen
Auf der Morgenstelle 5
D-72076 Tübingen

Our group works on a broad range of questions in plant evolutionary ecology. Most current projects are about (1) rapid evolution in changing environments, (2) ecological epigenetics, (3) invasive plants, (4) plant microbe-interactions, or combinations thereof. We like to study intraspecific variation at all levels, and we love experiments! Our group also runs the fantastic Herbarium Tubingense.

Interested in a BSc/MSc thesis in our group? Click here for some possible topics.

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Wow! Anna and Niek coauthor the Science paper about the GLUE project on urban plant evolution, with data from Reutlingen and Stuttgart

Finally, our first paper on endophytes and invasive knotweed is out in Biological Invasions!

Welcome to our Fudan University colleague Yaolin Guo, who will be in Tübingen for one year, thanks to the CSC!

Robert's first PhD paper, using seed banks to demonstrate rapid plant evolution, is now out. Congratulations! 

It was wonderful to have Anne Kempel visiting our group, and hearing about her awsome research in the EvE Seminar!


Thank you Franziska Bucher for the interesting EvE Seminar! We hope to welcome you in person next time!

The mid-term conference of the MOPGA program took place in Strasbourg, and Christina ran the show!

The final conference of our EU ITN EpiDiverse in Sevilla was a blast!

New paper by Shirley, Oliver and Niek about transgenerational effects of temperature fluctuations in AoB Plants

Jun-Hee, Frank, Christina and Oliver publish essay in AJB: Understanding microbiomes requires a G x E framework

It was so great to have Vit Latzel visiting us for a month! Come back soon!

Thank you DFG for allowing us to continue with both of our projects in the SPP 2125 DECRyPT programme, together with Detlef and Eric!

Franziska successfully defended her PhD thesis on plant phenology and global change. Congratulations, Dr. Willems!

Oliver speaks about plants gone wild at the ScienceNotes live show in Tübingen.

Thank you for the wonderful Hilgendorf Lecture, Camille Parmesan!

Franziska's awsome paper on forest management and plant phenology is now out in Ecological Applications!

Armand, Christina, Madalin, Oliver co-author a big review on "Epigenetics and invasive plants" in Phil Trans Roy Soc B

Many of us attend the excellent virtual PopBio 2021 conference. Christina, Ramona, Dario, Marcel, Robert and Oliver present work from our group.

Anna Kirschbaum successfully defended her PhD thesis. Congratulations, Anna!

Congrats to Ramona who just got a Marie Curie fellowship for trying herbarium genomics with knotweed.

Frank and Marcel are representing our Lotus project and the ForGenDiv project at the annual assembly of the Biodiversity Exploratories.  

Thank you for the great online EvE seminar on Alpine multidiversity, Robert Junker


With former postdoc Yan, Oliver publishes on rapid evolution of invasive ragweed in response to climate warming.

Marc Johnson from University of Toronto gives an amazing Hilgendorf Lecture on urban evolution. Thank you, Marc!

Our wonderful colleague Niek Scheepens has become a professor at University of Frankfurt (see also this short intro video). Congratulations, Uni Frankfurt!

Uta & Oliver coauthor a white paper calling for a complete digitization of all German herbaria.

We are proud about our joint DFG-NSFC project on evolution of plant defenses in invasive knotweed, together with fabulous colleagues from Fudan University and XTBG.