Herzlich Willkommen auf den Seiten unserer Arbeitsgruppe unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Katja Tielbörger! Hier sind Informationen zu unseren Forschungsschwerpunkten, unserer Lehre, unseren Mitarbeitern, Stellenangeboten und aktuellen Neuigkeiten zusammen gestellt. Frau Tielbörger ist gleichzeitig auch Direktorin des Botanischen Gartens.


Um uns kennen zu lernen bietet es sich an, zu einem unserer regelmäßigen Arbeitsgruppenseminare zu kommen. Diese werden zusammen mit der Gruppe 'Evolutionäre Ökologie der Pflanzen' abgehalten. Hier werden in lockerer Runde die verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten vorgestellt und so ist ein guter Einblick in die verschiedenen Themenfelder möglich.


Viel Spaß beim Erkunden unserer Arbeitsgruppe! Wir freuen uns InteressentInnen genauere Informationen zu einzelnen Themen zu geben. Bitte wenden Sie sich an die angegebenen Ansprechpartner.



Durch die vielen internationalen Mitarbeiter ist bei uns die Kommunikationssprache häufig Englisch. Aus diesem Grund werden auch die weiteren Seiten in englischer Sprache gehalten.


11.10.16We are currently offering a Lecturer / Assistant Professor position (100% TV-L E13) in our group. For information about the position and application details, please refer here.
11.10.16Jan Ruppert co-authored an article on effects of rangeland management on vegetation performance and condition in two South African biomes.


Jun Shi successfully defended his PhD - CONGRATULATIONS!
Jun will stay with us for a bit longer, but we already now would like to wish him the best for his future career!


Mark Bilton has just published an article in Advances in Ecological Research on climate change induced shifts in vegetation patterns across various ecosystems.

05.09.16We are currently offering a 75% TV-L E6 position for our secretary and group administration ("Verwaltungsangestellte"). For information about the position and application details, please refer here.
Katja Tielbörger successful in new BMBF-BioTip call with the project CASCADE - we received funding for a transdiciplinary group composed of approx. 15 researchers from Germany, Belgium Palestine, Jordan, and Israel. If we are successfully evaluated after one year, we may be granted a large project running for longer. Cross fingers!
20.07.16Mark Bilton got his new DFG-project approved and will be investigating the role of very complex traits for plant response to drought and grazing. Congratulations! We will be collaborating closely with Bettina Engelbrecht's group at Bayreuth University.

19.07.16Jan Ruppert and Katja Tielbörger are part of a newly granted project within the BioTip call of the BMBF. The project NamTip will investigate tipping points in rangelands of Namibia and can, if successfully evaluated, lead into a longer project. The project is coordinated by Anja Linstädter from the University of Cologne.

18.07.16 Proud to announce that Jan Ruppert is giving a keynote lecture at the 10th International Rangeland Congress in Saskatoon, Canada. Taking place between July 16-22, Jan will give a presentation to this large meeting entitled: "Climate Change in Global Rangelands: A Dryland Ecologist's Perspective on Trends in Forage Quantity and Quality"

27.05.16We are currently offering two technician positions in our group. Please check the details in the posting. Closing date: 25.06.2016 or until the positions have been filled.

The Integrated Water Resources Management book has been published and is now available here. It is packed with several contributions from the group:


Tielbörger K, Claus C, Schloz D, Twite R, Al-Karablieh E, Salman A, Jayyousi A, Alpert P 2016: Sustainable Water and Land Management under Global Change – The GLOWA Jordan River Project. Pp 721-747.


Onigkeit J, Simon K-H, Alcamo J, Tielbörger K 2016: Participatory scenario development as a method to integrate science and IWRM – lessons learnt from a case study in the Jordan River region. Pp 269-301.


Bonzi C, Onigkeit J, Hoff H, Joyce B, Tielbörger K 2016: Analysing stakeholder driven scenarios with a transboundary water planning tool for IWRM in the Jordan River basin. Pp 413-433.


All in: Borchardt D et al. (eds.): Integrated Water Resources Management: Concept, Research and Implementation. Springer (Berlin-Heidelberg).

09.05.16We congratulate Maximilane Herberich (2nd prize student posters) and Anubhav Mohiley (2nd prize students presentation) for their excellent performance at this year's PopBio Conference. WELL DONE!


Seven delegates from the group are visiting this year's PopBio Conference in Třeboň, Czech Republic, presenting the diverse research in plant ecology from our group.

17.03.16We are looking for Bachelor and Master students to start our project: Can plants learn? Pavlovian conditioning without a brain. Please contact Michal Gruntman!
03.03.16Liesbeth van den Brink is currently in Olmué, Chile, attending the kick off meeting for the DFG priority programme "EarthShape". Liesbeth is a PhD student in our department, investigating climate change impacts in Chile.

Mark. C. Bilton has just published his article in PPEES, showing how the use of Climatic Niche Groups can reveal strong patterns explaining species composition shifts in relation to climate change. CONGRATULATIONS !


A warm welcome to Jan Ruppert who has joined our department as an Assistant Professor. He is a plant ecologist with a strong interest in dryland ecosystems (including South Africa), climate change and grazing impacts. WELCOME !!


Michal Gruntman and Anubhav Mohiley are in Mainz attending the 4th Annual Meeting of the DFG priority programme "Adaptomics" 1529. Presenting work related to heavy metal hyperaccumulation in Brassicaceae.


CONGRATULATIONS New VW foundation grant approved - Michal Gruntman and Katja Tielbörger have received a grant for their innovative project "Pavlovian Plants". A fascinating project which will investigate if plants can be conditioned to react to certain responses. The project has received widespread media and online attention.


New DFG project approved - Katja got a new project approved within the DFG priority programme EarthShape. She is now looking for a PhD student to do field work in Chile! The programme is scheduled for three plus three years and starts working in January 2016.


Katja is part in a new initiative founded by the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Education - the so-called "Wassernetzwerk". Within that network, she is part of a consortium entitled 'DRIER' that attempts to develop strategies to cope with increasing frequencies of drought. A PhD student and later on a PostDoc will join our team for up to five years.


2 new PhD positions! Find the postings here.


Congratulations to Michal Gruntman, Sinja Zeiger, and Katja Tielbörger for their new publication in Oikos, exploring an interesting angle in the evolution of invasive species (Impatiens glandulifera - Himalayan Balsam) "Invasive success and the evolution of enhanced weaponry".



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