Staff and Post-Docs

⇒ Students

Gerald M. Schneeweiss

University staff (permanent), group leader

E-mail: gerald.schneeweiss (at)

Phone: +43 1 4277 54062

Research interests: Evolution — including (in no particular order) phylogeny, biogeography and phylogeography, diversification and speciation, polyploidy and genomics — as well as systematics and taxonomy of varied angiosperm groups. 

Curriculum vitae


Michael Kiehn

University staff (permanent), head of the Core Facility Botanical Garden

E-mail: michael.kiehn (at)

Phone: +43 1 4277 54198

Research interests: Karyology, morphology, systematics, and evolution of sympetalous dicotyledons (e.g. Rubiaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Gesneriaceae) – Radiation, adaptation and speciation in plants on islands – History and developmental strategies of Botanical Gardens – Protection and "ex situ" conservation of rare and endangered plants – Didactics of botany

Curriculum vitae


Markus Hofbauer

Project staff

E-mail: markus.hofbauer (at)

Phone: +43 1 4277 54073

Research interests: Phytogeography and floristics of Central Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean (with special interest in macrophytes) and development of corresponding databases – taxonomy, chemodiversity, chemosystematics

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Jalil Noroozi

Project staff (PI)

E-mail: jalil.noroozi (at)

Phone: +43 1 4277 54061

Research interests: Ecology of alpine habitats – Biogeography and evolution of alpine plants – Alpine plant communities in Iran and the Caucasus region – Alpine plant diversity and climate change – Land use impacts and conservation biology in alpine environments

Curriculum vitae

Johannes Braunisch

PhD student, university staff (prae doc)

E-mail: johannes.braunisch (at)

Phone: +43 1 4277 54064

Research interests: Biogeography (especially distribution boundaries, endemism and range sizes) – Dispersal and the lack thereof, establishment and survival of species in new habitats – Interactions of plants with their biotic and abiotic environment (as well as species interactions in general) – Genetic and spatial population structure – Alpine ecology.

Thesis project: What determines distribution limits of range-restricted species in high-mountain habitats?

Dennis Larsson

PhD student, project staff

E-mail: dennis.larsson (at)

Phone: +43 1 4277 54064

Research interests: Plant systematics, especially the phylogeny of groups that have experience rapid speciation through adaptive radiation, polyploidy and/or hybridization. Currently working on resolving the phylogeny of Phyteuma by using genomic data, as a means to understand the evolution of alpine flora.

Thesis project: Evolution in(to) alpine habitats: the case study of Phyteuma (Campanulaceae)

Curriculum vitae

Clemens Pachschwöll

PhD student

E-mail: clemens.pachschwoell (at)

Phone: +43 1 4277 54062

Research interests: Plant phylogeny, taxonomy and evolution (Doronicum, Phyteuma, Saussurea) - DNA barcoding of alien species (Eragrostis, Panicum, Chenopodium, Amaranthus) - Flora of the Alps, the Carpathians, the Bohemian Massif, the Pannonian Basin and the Balkan Peninsular - plant nomenclature

Thesis project: Detecting ‘invaders in disguise’ – DNA barcoding of taxonomically challenging, cryptic invasive plant species in Austria

Curriculum vitae


Martin Rose

PhD student

Thesis project: Impact of trade restrictions on species survival

Anna Moretti

MSc student

Thesis topic: Phylogeny and evolution of Euphorbia caesia in Austria

Tetiana Pachschwöll

MSc student

Thesis topic: Evolution and taxonomy of Carpathian Saussurea (Asteraceae)

Susanne Hrinkov

MSc student

Thesis topic: Elisabeth Tschermak-Woess: Wissenschaftliche Leistung und biografische Daten

Veronika Rohn

MSc student

Thesis topic: A review of international trade of selected South American medicinal plants