Our overarching research goals are to reveal patterns of plant diversity at various levels and to understand the ecological, evolutionary, and molecular mechanisms underlying this diversity. To this end, we use a broad conceptual basis and apply methodologies rooted in evolutionary and ecological genomics, phylogenetics, biogeography, cytogenetics, comparative morphology, and the study of plant-animal interactions. Combining these approaches enables us to tackle some of the currently most pressing questions concerning the origin, loss, and maintenance of plant diversity at all relevant spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales.


Jürg Schönenberger


Research Areas: Diversity and Evolutionary Biology of Flowers

PhD Students:

  • Florian Etl
  • Constantin Kopper

Andreas Bachmair

Research Areas: Protein modification in plants, Plant stress responses, Plant molecular biology

PhD Student:

  • Sadia Sabrina Alam

Josef Greimler (emer.)

Research Areas: Diversity and Plant Palaeobiology, Plant and Fungal Evolution and Diversity, Central European Plants, Diversity and Systematics of Higher Pla­nts

PhD Student:

  • Zhiqing Xue

Friðgeir Grímsson

Research Areas: Paleobotany, paleoecology, palynology and plant-animal interactions

PhD Student:

  • Lukas Dirr
  • Christian Geier

Michael Kiehn

Research Areas: Angiosperm Karyosystematics, Phylogeography and Speciation; International Conventions and Plant Conservation

PhD Student:

  • Martin Rose

PhD Students:

  • Muhammad Ahmad
  • Clara Adriana Groot Crego
  • Teerna Saugata Khastgir
  • Gil Yardeni

Gerald M. Schneeweiss

Research Areas: Plant Systematics and Evolution

PhD Students:

  • Johannes Maximilian Braunisch
  • Dennis Jonas Larsson
  • Clemens Pachschwöll

Hanna Weiss Schneeweiss

Research Areas: Plant Evolutionary Cytogenetics

PhD Student:

  • Vildana Kapetanovic

© Leyla SEYFULLAH | University of Vienna, Vienna


Leyla J. Seyfullah

Research areas: Plant evolution, palaeobotany

Martina Weber, emer.

Research Areas: Palynolog; Forensic Palynology; Palynology and Ulltrastructure Research

PhD Student:

  • Karen Kölzer