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The working group Molecular Evolution and Plant Systematics is involved in the core research theme "Ecology and Biodiversity" at the Faculty of Biosciences, the research profile area "Sustainable Systems and Biodiversity", and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

New book "Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity" (04/2018)

The newly published book "Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity" (edited by C. Hoorn, A. Perrigio and A. Antonelli) explores the relationship between mountain building and climate change, and how these processes shape biodiversity through time and space. Two chapters were co-authored by members of our working group.

'Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity' is intended for students and researchers in geosciences, biology and geography.

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Announcement of the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtoe) for 2020 (03/2018)

At the meeting of the European Conference of Tropical Ecology in Paris in March 2018, Prof. Alexandra Muellner-Riehl and Prof. Andreas Huth had the pleasure to announce that the meeting in 2020 is going to be held in Leipzig, from March 23-27.

European Conference of Tropical Ecology (03/2018)

The "European Conference of Tropical Ecology" and the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, gtö) in 2018 were hosted by the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle/UPMC/Académie des Sciences-COPED, Sorbonne Universités, Paris, from March 26-29th. The overarching topic was "Challenges in tropical ecology and conservation - global perspectives". Prof. Alexandra Muellner-Riehl presented a keynote lecture on plant radiations and floristic exchange across biodiversity hotspots in Asia.

19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Systematics - GfBS (02/2018)

The meeting was held from February 11h to 14th, 2018, at Vienna University, Austria. We presented results from recently conducted research projects dealing with the evolution of biodiversity in the Tibeto-Himalayan region.

Establishing scientific cooperation with Vietnam (02/2018)

At the occasion of a travelling conference funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Vietnamese and German scientists met on February 9, 2018, at the Vietnam National Museum of Nature in Hanoi. The aim was to explore ideas for research collaboration involving partner institutions from both countries.

Promotion of scientific collaboration with China - Xishuangbanna (02/2018)

On February 6, 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, with the aim of strengthening and promoting scientific cooperation between the University of Leipzig and this internationally acclaimed institution of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Planned activities include, inter alia, the realisation of joint projects and exchange of scientists and students between both institutions.

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International Conference on Geobiodiversity (10/2017)

This international meeting on “Geobiodiversity - An Integrative Approach Expanding Humboldt's Vision” was held from October 1st to 3rd, 2017, at Senckenberg, Frankfurt, hosted by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung in cooperation with Yale University and Stanford University. Adrien Favre, former member of our department, now based at Senckenberg/Goethe University, presented results from recently conducted joint research projects.

3rd International Conference on Southeast Asian Gateway Evolution (08-09/2017)

We were pleased to host a symposium on 'Biodiversity and Health' at the 3rd International Conference on Southeast Asian Gateway Evolution (SAGE 2017) in Bogor, Indonesia, from August 28 - September 1, 2017. The interdisciplinary meeting focused on the origin, diversifcation, and conservation of Southeast Asia's megadiverse fauna and flora against the background of the region's complex geology and climate history. For more information, please visit sage2017.org

XIX International Botanical Congress (07/2017)

The XIX International Botanical Congress took place from July 23rd – 29th in Shenzhen, China. We presented results from current and recently successfully completed research projects. With almost 7000 participants from all over the world, this has so far been the largest botanical congress of all times.

MedPlant Conference (02/2017)

The MedPlant conference was held at the University of Bern from February 6-7, 2017. We presented results from current research projects. MedPlant is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) coordinated by the University of Copenhagen, supporting a new generation of researchers in exploring the evolution and sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity for unmet medical needs.

8th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society (01/2017)

The meeting was held at the University of Arizona and the Tucson Marriott University Park, Tucson, Arizona, from January 9-13, 2017. We presented results from current research projects. The meetings of the International Biogeography Society bring together researchers from ecology and evolutionary biology to provide a holistic understanding of the relationships between the Earth and its biota.

58th Phylogenetic Symposium (11/2016)

It was our pleasure to host the 58th Phylogenetic Symposium `Evolution meets Ecology´ which took place at Leipzig University, November 18-20, 2016. For more information on this past event, please visit

https://www.idiv.de/en/news/archive_2016/news_2016_single_view/news_article/merging-evol.html,

https://conference.uni-leipzig.de/phylosym2016/.

23rd Symposium on ‘Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology’ (09/2016)

This meeting of the German Botanical Society (DBG) took place at the University of Munich. We presented results from current research projects. Participation at the Eduard Strasburger Workshop allowed insights into current developments and challenges in "Phylogenomics - The next generation of evolutionary botany".

10th International Flora Malesiana Symposium (07/2016)

The symposium was held from July 11th to 15th, 2016, at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Scotland. We presented results from current research projects. Several of our Indonesian collaboration partners attended the conference as well. The International Flora Malesiana Symposia are held every four years and bring together scientists from around the world who are conducting research on various aspects of the flora of Malesia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea).

Sixth DFG Research Cluster Meeting “Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas” (04/2016)

On April 21st, 2016, another meeting of our Research Cluster "Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas" took place here in Leipzig, this time attended by collaboration partners from the University of Potsdam (Institute of Earth and Environmental Science). Topics of the meeting were presentation and discussion of results from the first phase of the cluster as well as a discussion of possibilities for future collaboration.

Fifth DFG Research Cluster Meeting “Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas” (10/2015)

On October 6th, 2015, the fifth coordination meeting of the working groups in our Research Cluster "Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas", funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), took place virtually. Topic of the meeting was the concrete planning for follow-up projects.

Botanikertagung 2015 – From Molecules to the Field (08-09/2015)

The conference was held from August 30th to September 3rd, 2015, in the vicinity of Munich. Several members of our department attended with presentations on their current research projects. The Botanikertagung is a biannually held conference that brings together world leading pioneers, experts and early-career scientists from a wide range of disciplines in plant biology.

International Symposium - Flora and Vegetation of Afghanistan (07/2015)

Topic of this symposium was the better accessibility and digitization of identified plant specimens from geographic areas difficult to access (e.g., Afghanistan; high mountains and plateaus of Central Asia - Pamir, Karakoram, Himalayas, Tibet). The meeting took place at Munich´s herbaria which are an important resource for the study of the flora and vegetation of Afghanistan, essential for the development of science, agriculture, and nature conservation, on July 31st.

61th Meeting of Saxonian Botanists (06/2015)

In her talk for the Meeting of Saxonian Botanists, Prof. Dr. Muellner-Riehl introduced the research focus of our working group and possible collaboration with the consortium of Saxonian Botanists. The meeting took place from June 26th – 28th in Annaberg-Buchholz in the Ore Mountains region.

GMA of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) (06/2015)

The agenda of the General Member Assembly, which took place at our Institute on June 12th, 2015, included reports, welcome and introduction of new iDiv members, the discussion of future plans and initiatives, and an all iDiv come together at the Botanical Garden Leipzig.

Children´s University Leipzig (05/2015)

On May 29th, 2015, Prof. Alexandra Muellner-Riehl held a lecture on the fascinating life and survival strategies of plants at the Audimax at Campus Augustusplatz for pupils aged 8 to 12. Successful participants of a quiz accompanying the lecture were happy to be invited to visit our plant collection at the Institute (guided tour by Dr. Peter Otto).

Fourth DFG Research Cluster Meeting “Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas” (01/2015)

From January 29-30th, 2015, the fourth coordination meeting of the working groups in our Research Cluster "Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas", funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), took place at the Leibniz Association, in Berlin. Topics of the meeting were progress reports of the individual projects and brainstorming for follow-up projects.

International Biogeography Society 7th Biennial Conference (01/2015)

The conference was held from January 8th – 12th, 2015, at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Several members of our department attended with presentations on their current research projects. Topical focus sessions spanned the breadth of biogeography, from watersheds to the global scale, from Paleozoic to the Anthropocene, and from microbes to megafauna and -flora. Over 600 scientists from more than 50 countries participated in the conference.

Third DFG Research Cluster Meeting “Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas” (12/2014)

On December 1, 2014, the third coordination meeting of the working groups in the Research Cluster "Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas", funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), took place at the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), in Frankfurt. Topics of the meeting were e.g. progress reports of the individual projects, developing a schedule for project prolongations and planning of joint follow-up projects.

"Journal of Systematics and Evolution": Meeting in Shenzhen (09/2014)

From September 10-12, 2014, the first joint meeting of the newly appointed editorial board (including Prof. Dr. Muellner-Riehl) of "Journal of Systematics and Evolution" took place in Fairy Lake Botanical Garden in Shenzhen. The Chinese city of Shenzhen will host the XIX International Botanical Congress (IBC) in 2017. The "Journal of Systematics and Evolution" is a bi-monthly international English language journal dedicated to the description and understanding of biological diversity. Contributions to topics like phylogenetics, biogeography (incl. phylogeography), palaeobiology, and genome evolution are welcome.

Promotion of scientific collaboration with China (09/2014)

On September 9, 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at our partner institution in Kunming, with the aim of strengthening and promoting scientific cooperation between the University of Leipzig and the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Planned activities include, inter alia, the realisation of additional joint projects and exchange of scientists and students between the two institutions.

Certificate to Paul Terwase Lyam at the Federal Environment Ministry (06/2014)

As part of the closing seminar of the International Climate Protection Fellows on June 23, 2014, the Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, invited both students and hosts for a ceremonial handing over of the certificates. Paul Lyam, Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and PhD student in our department, investigates the genetic diversity of the economically important tree species Acacia senegal in West Africa, and the impact of climate change and land use on its populations.

International Workshop “Integrating Phylogenies, Fossils and Earth System Dynamics” (05/2014)

Present-day patterns of biodiversity are the result of long-term dynamics of speciation, adaptation, changing geographic ranges, and ultimately extinction. These dynamics are directly influenced by Earth surface processes that generate landscape and climate changes, environmental gradients and physical habitats, and thus set the stage for species evolution. This workshop at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv; May 5-8, 2014) in Leipzig aimed at developing a general analytical framework for the integration of biological information from both extant and extinct species with Earth surface processes to better understand the “co-evolution” of landscapes and life.

Second DFG Research Cluster Meeting “Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas” (01/2014)

On January 20, 2014, the second coordination meeting of the working groups in the Research Cluster "Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas", funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), took place at the Museum of Zoology, Senckenberg Natural History Collections, in Dresden. Topics of the meeting were e.g. progress reports of the individual projects, exchange of information regarding field work in China/Tibet, and developing a schedule for the data transfer of sub-projects to the coordinating umbrella project.

First DFG Research Cluster Meeting “Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas” (05/2013)

After the project start in spring 2013, the first coordination meeting of the working groups in the Research Cluster "Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas", funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), took place at the University of Leipzig on May 8, 2013. The sub-projects as well as the umbrella project, synchronously carried out at Leipzig, Dresden and Frankfurt, are being coordinated from Leipzig´s office (Speaker: Prof. Dr. Muellner-Riehl). Topics of the meeting were e.g. the status of ongoing work, methodological standards, data transfer and communication strategies between projects.

Status Report on Climate Change and Biodiversity (01/2013)

The threat of loss of biodiversity as a result of climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the coming decades. The report released a few days ago, "Climate Change and Biodiversity: Implications for Germany" (January 2013), summarises the state of knowledge on the expected impact for Germany. The status report was elected “Book of the Month” by the German Environment Foundation. Our involvement in the project was in collaboration with the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F).

Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia (08/2012)

Flora and fauna of Southeast Asia are exceptionally diverse. The region includes terrestrial and marine biodiversity hotspots, but it also faces the most intense challenges of the current global biodiversity crisis. The book "Biotic Evolution and Environmental Change in Southeast Asia" (second half of 2012) provides reviews, syntheses and results of the latest research into Southeast Asian earth and organismal history. Our contribution focuses on plant biodiversity patterns in this species-rich region.

New DFG Research Cluster – strengthening the research focus “Tibet/Asia” (07/2012)

The German Science Foundation (DFG) has approved the new research cluster “Origin and Evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas” (19.07.2012), led by our department. It consists of four projects to be carried out in Leipzig, Dresden and Frankfurt. During the next three years, starting in early 2013, the relationship between geological and climatic changes and organismic evolution will be studied.

Certificate to Andrew Chibuzor Iloh at the Federal Environment Ministry (07/2012)

As part of the closing seminar of the International Climate Protection Fellows on July 11, 2012, the Parliamentary State Secretary Ursula Heinen-Esser, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, invited both students and hosts for a ceremonial handing over of the certificates. Andrew Chibuzor Iloh, Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and PhD student in our department, investigated the genetic diversity of endangered species in West Africa and the impact of land use and climate change on their populations.

Chair of Molecular Evolution and Plant Systematics (04/2012)

As of April 1, 2012, Prof. Dr. Alexandra N. Muellner-Riehl holds the Chair of the Department of Molecular Evolution and Plant Systematics.

Lectures and seminars

This term's lecture and seminar schedule can be found "here".


last update: 12.12.2018 

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Molecular Evolution and Plant Systematics & Herbarium (LZ)

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Muellner-Riehl

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