Our research encompasses a broad range of biogeographical subjects ranging from plant distributions and their geographical relationships with the environment to processes determining generation and spatial assembly of plant diversity. This includes aspects of evolution, ecology, and systematics as well as human-environment relations. Sound knowledge of basic principles of plant diversity on multiple levels, conceptual and methodological rigor in its study as well as a deep interest in plants motivate our teaching from the undergraduate to the postgraduate level. 

News & Recent Publications

New project on comparative phylogeography of Iranian high mountain plants

New project for finalizing the Red Data List of Austrian Vascular Plants

The journal Frontiers in Plant Science launches new section Plant Systematics and Evolution

Phylogeny, character evolution and spatiotemporal diversification of the species-rich and world-wide distributed tribe Rubieae (Rubiaceae). PLoS ONE 13(12): e0207615

Systematics of Onobrychis sect. Heliobrychis (Fabaceae): morphology and molecular phylogeny revisited. Plant Systematics and Evolution

Phylogeny and biogeography of the narrowly endemic Doronicum cataractarum (Asteraceae) from the eastern European Alps: Pleistocene origin from Alpine ancestors rather than Tertiary relic with southwest Asian affinity. Plant Systematics and Evolution

Reciprocal transplantations reveal strong niche differentiation among ploidy-differentiated species of the Senecio carniolicus aggregate (Asteraceae) in the easternmost Alps. Alpine Botany 128: 107–119

Hotspots within a global biodiversity hotspot - areas of endemism are associated with high mountain ranges. Scientific Reports 8: 10345

Dating the species network: Allopolyploidy and repetitive DNA Evolution in American daisies (Melampodium sect. Melampodium, Asteraceae). Systematic Biology 67: 1010–1024

GrassPlot – a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands: Phytocoenologia 48: 331–347