News

2017

  • Together with colleagues, Oliver co-organises the 40th New Phytologist Symposium on ecological plant epigenetics in September 2017 in Vienna.
  • Anna is at SER 2017, the World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Brazil, where she is presenting several talks and posters, and co-organizes a session on seed provenancing strategies.
  • Yay! Anna got her own DFG grant to work on rapid evolution in Regiosaatgut. Congratulations! So great that all her hard work finally paid off!
  • The DFG has funded our project on endophytes and invasive knotweed! So cool! And a great combination of the old and new group's expertise.
  • Hernán Burbano from the MPI in Tübingen visits our lab and gives a great EvE seminar
  • 11 people from our group attend this year's PopBio Meeting in beautiful Halle (no irony).
  • Madalin gives a seminar at the University of Basel
  • The Botanical Garden Tübingen launches a (small but beautiful) year-long exhibition about the treasures of our herbarium
  • Kick-off of this year's field season: Melissa and Svenja begin with the phenology monitoring in the Alb and Hainich exploratories
  • The multi-species paper about phenotypic evolution of grassland plants in response to land use in the Biodiversity Exploratories is finally out!
  • Anna K, Bence, Franziska, Niek and Oliver attend the annual meeting of the DFG Biodiversity Exploratories in Wernigerode
  • Welcome to our new PhD students Anna Kirschbaum and Franziska Willems who will work in the new Exploratories projects!
  • The most important new purchase of our group: a ping-pong table!
  • On 12 Feb - Darwin's 208th birthday - Niek Scheepens launched GrENE-net together with François Vasseur and Moises Exposito-Alonso
  • Anna gives a sunday talk on seed provenancing and grassland restoration in the Botanical Garden
  • Alex Klein from Freiburg visits our group and gives a Hilgendorf lecture on pollinators and ecosystem services
  • Welcome to our interns Liliana (Poland), Ramon (Spain) and Samuel (France), who will work on ex-situ conservation, invasive Ambrosia and knotweed-endophyte interactions
  • Welcome to our new group member Uta Grünert who will develop a research programme on Phacotus algae and their plasticity and adaptation to changing environments
  • Oliver gives a seminar at the UFZ in Halle
  • Invited by the Bunte WiesePetra Lindemann-Matthies from PH Karlsruhe visits our group and gives a great talk on the value of biodiversity, and biodiversity education

2016

  • Double success for the new phase of the DFG Biodiversity Exploratories!! Niek gets a project on evolution of plasticity funded, and Oliver a project on phenology and diversity of forest understorey plants (together with Hernán Burbano from the MPI)
  • We just sowed some 6500 Alliaria lines for cold stratification outside during the Winter!
  • Svenja, Madalin and Oliver attend the annual WhoIsNext project meeting in Vienna
  • Niek gives a seminar in Potsdam
  • attempto!, the research magazine of the University of Tübingen, publishes a nice article about our herbarium and its potential for future research
  • Valentin Klaus from Münster visits our group and gives a great EvE seminar on urban ecology
  • Welcome to our Teach@Tübingen fellow, Shujuan Wei from Fudan University, who will spend 6 months in our group and teach us and others about meta-analysis
  • Ten people from our group attend GfÖ 2016 in Marburg. Eight of them (Anna B, Anna K, Bence, Niek, Rouven, Shirley, Zhiyong) give talks, Niek and Anna chair sessions, and Oliver plays in the rock'n'roll band.
  • Anna attends SER 2016, the European conference on ecological restoration, where she presents a talk and a poster
  • Anna publishes a cascade of papers on biotic interactions and climate adaptation of different ecotypes for grassland restoration, and how much sense "assisted migration" of specific ecotypes makes (probably not much)
  • Oliver gives a seminar in Konstanz
  • Niek gives seminars in Hohenheim, Marburg and Giessen
  • We enjoy the visits and EvE seminars of Daniel Prati and Harald Auge
  • Oliver gives a talk in the Studium Generale lecture series on evolution in Marburg
  • Many of us attended the excellent PopBio 2016 conference in Třeboň, where Anna and Niek gave talks, and Bence, Shirley, Svenja and Zhiyong presented posters. Svenja won the price for the best poster!
  • Welcome to Yan Sun, who joined our group with the help of a SNF postdoc fellowship! Yan is working on the biology of and evolution of invasive Ambrosia artemisiifolia.
  • Press release about our Regiosaatgut articles. 
  • Niek gives a seminar in Bern
  • Two new papers by Anna and Oliver about the genetic differentiation and regional adaptation of seed provenances used in grassland restoration are accepted in the Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Good-bye to our gardener Ingrid, and welcome to Eva who will replace Ingrid!
  • Sigi, Matthias and Kai have published several cool new papers on the phylogeny of Sebacinales, the evolutionary history of a smut fungus, and on barcoding Cortinarius species.
  • Welcome to Zhiyong, who came all the way from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden to work with us on invasive plants for two years.

2015

2014

  • Thanks to Pete Manning, another synthesis paper from the Exploratories is finally out!
  • Oliver gives a seminar in Hohenheim
  • Shirley Deng joins our group with a CSC scholarship to work on ecologial epigenetics
  • We are deeply saddened about the sudden death of our colleague Robert Bauer, who was a truly unique scientist, teacher and colleague.
  • Oliver gives a seminar at INRA Toulouse.
  • Anna and Oliver present at the GfÖ conference in Hildesheim.
  • We are very happy that Rob Colautti joined our group!
  • Press releases about new Exploratories projects and newly discovered root-associated fungus
  • Welcome to our new guest scientists Luisa Conti and Barbara Piskur! Luisa is a PhD student and will work together with Svenja on invasion ecology; Barbara works on rust fungi pathogens on trees.
  • Welcome to our new PhD student Bence Gaspar who will study epigenetic diversity of grassland plants in the Biodiversity Exploratories.
  • Yay! Niek has been awarded a Humboldt Fellowship. Congratulations!
  • Welcome to our new colleagues Niek Scheepens and Svenja Block! Niek is a postdoc and will work on evolution of phenotypic plasticity in Arabidopsis thaliana; Svenja will do a PhD in the WhoIsNext project on climate change and invasiveness of exotic ornamentals.
  • Congratulations to Kai Riess for successfully defending his PhD thesis, and welcome, Dr. Kai Riess, as a postdoc!

2013

  • Synthesis paper about land use effects on grassland multidiversity in the Biodiversity Exploratories is published in PNAS
  • Congratulations to Ingeborg for her new DFG grant to continue to work on mycorrhiza in Ecuador!
  • Welcome to our new guest scienctist Dr. Inga Hiisalu, who will overwinter in Tübingen and do some work with us!
  • Our paper on epigenetic diversity effects is now in press at Nature Communications
  • Our BiodivERsA project WhoIsNext got funded! The project will attempt to predict the next generation of plant invaders. It is a collaboration between four groups in in Germany (van Kleunen, Konstanz; us), Austria (Dullinger/Essl, Vienna) and France (Thuiller/Lavergne, Grenoble). 
  • Madalin's paper on hybridisation and knotweed invasiveness is accepted at Evolutionary Applications
  • Oliver gives a seminar at the FU Berlin
  • Oliver receives the gold medal of the Teylers Society in the Netherlands for his work on ecological epigenetics
  • Ingeborg and Madalin present at the Botanikertagung 2013
  • Congratulations to Robert for his new DFG grant!
  • After co-organising a symposium on evolutionary epigenetics at the ESEB 2013 congress, Oliver ends up in a Science news article.
  • Several new papers on endophytic Sebacinales fungi and their distribution and diversity in natural plant populations.
  • Oliver coorganises final conference of the ESF EuroEEFG programme
  • Oliver speaks at COST plant epigenetics workshop in Kandersteg
  • Paper on environmental variability and knotweed success published in Nature Communications