Dr. Jana Ebersbach

Former doctoral student (2013–2017). Title of thesis: Evolutionary history of species-rich Saxifraga L. in the region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and beyond.


Ebersbach, J., Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Favre, A., Paule, J., Winterfeld, G. &  Schnitzler, J. (in press). Driving forces behind evolutionary radiations: Saxifraga sect. Ciliatae in the region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

Ebersbach, J., Schnitzler, J., Favre, A. & Muellner-Riehl, A.N. 2017. Evolutionary radiations of the species-rich mountain genus Saxifraga L. BMC Evolutionary Biology 17:119.

Ebersbach, J., Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Michalak, I., Tkach, N., Hoffmann, M.H., Röser, M., Sun, H., Favre, A. 2017. In and out of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: divergence time estimation and historical biogeography of the large arctic-alpine genus Saxifraga L. Journal of Biogeography 44:900-910.

Tkach, N., Röser, M., Miehe, G., Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Ebersbach, J., Favre, A. & Hoffmann, M.H. 2015. Molecular phylogenetics, morphology, and a revised classification of the complex genus Saxifraga (Saxifragaceae). Taxon 64, 1159–1187. 

Dr. Robabeh Shahi Shavvon

Former doctoral student (2015–2017). Title of thesis: Molecular phylogeny of the genus Oxytropis DC. (Fabaceae) in Iran and Turkey.


Shahi Shavvon, R., Kazempour Osaloo, S., Maassoumii, A. A., Moharrek, F., Karaman Erkul, S., Lemmon, A. R., Lemmon, E. M., Michalak, I., Muellner-Riehl, A. N. and Favre, A. 2017. Increasing phylogenetic support for explosively radiating taxa: The promise of high-throughput sequencing for Oxytropis (Fabaceae). Journal of Sytematics Evolution. 55: 385-404.


Dr. Erica Mangaravite

Former doctoral student. Population genetics of Cedrela fissilis from both highland and lowland in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest


MANGARATIVE, É.; VINSON, C. C.; SILVA, H. R. V.; GARCIA, M. G.; CARNIELLO, M. A.; SILVA, R. S.; OLIVEIRA, L. O. Contemporary Patterns Of Genetic Diversity Of Cedrela fissilis (MELIACEAE) Offer Insight Into The Shaping Of Seasonal Forests In Eastern South America. American Journal of Botany, v- 103, p. 307-316, 2016.

VINSON, CHRISTINA C. ; DAL SASSO, THAÍS C. S. ; SUDRÉ, CLAUDIA P. ; MANGARAVITE, É. ; DE OLIVEIRA, LUIZ O. Population genetics of the naturally rare tree Dimorphandra wilsonii (Caesalpinioideae) of the Brazilian Cerrado. Tree Genetics & Genomes, v. 11, p. 1-10, 2015.

NOGUEIRA, A. M. ; FERREIRA, A. ; FERREIRA, M. F. S. ; MANGARAVITE, É. . Preliminary study of wild guava from Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais by continuous descriptors. Acta Horticulturae, v. 1, p. 35-40, 2012.


Dr. Ingo Michalak

Former postdoctoral researcher (Origin and evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas)


Ebersbach, J., Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Michalak, I., Tkach, N., Hoffmann, M.H., Röser, M., Sun, H., Favre, A. 2016. In and out of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau: divergence time estimation and historical biogeography of the large arctic-alpine genus Saxifraga L. Journal of Biogeography, doi: 10.1111/jbi.12899

Favre A, Michalak I, Chen CH, Wang JC, Pringle JS, Matuszak S, Sun H, Yuan YM, Struwe L & Muellner-Riehl AN 2016. Out-of-Tibet: the spatio-temporal evolution of Gentiana (Gentianaceae). Journal of Biogeography 43(10): 1967-1978.

Favre, A., Päckert, M., Pauls, S. U., Jähnig, S. C., Uhl, D., Michalak, I., and Muellner-Riehl, A. N. 2015. The role of the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau for the evolution of Tibetan biotas. Biological Reviews 90(1): 236-253.

Silvestro, D. and Michalak, I. 2012. raxmlGUI: a graphical front-end for RAxML. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 12: 335–337.

Michalak, I., Zhang, L.-B., and Renner, S. S. 2010. Trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, and trans-Indian Ocean dispersal in the small Gondwanan Laurales family Hernandiaceae. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1214–1226.


Dr. Sabine Matuszak

Former doctoral student (2010–2016). Title of thesis: Evolution of mountain plants in the region of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and beyond

Now Postdoctoral Researcher at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main 


Matuszak, S., Favre, A., Schnitzler, J. & Muellner-Riehl, A.N. 2016. Key innovations and climatic niche divergence as drivers of diversification in subtropical Gentianinae (Gentianaceae) in the region of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. American Journal of Botany 103, 899-911.

Hauenschild, F., Matuszak, S., Muellner-Riehl, A.N. & Favre, A. 2016. Phylogenetic relationships within the cosmopolitan buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae) support the resurrection of Sarcomphalus and the description of Pseudoziziphus gen. nov. Taxon 65, 47–64.

Matuszak, S., Muellner-Riehl, A.N., Sun, H. & Favre, A. 2015. Dispersal routes between biodiversity hotspots in Asia: the case of the mountain genus Tripterospermum (Gentianinae, Gentianaceae) and its close relatives. Journal of Biogeography 43, 580–590.

Favre, A., Matuszak, S., Sun, H., Liu, E., Yuan, Y.M. & Muellner-Riehl, A.N. 2014. Two new genera of Gentianinae (Gentianaceae): Sinogentiana and Kuepferia supported by molecular phylogenetic evidence. Taxon 63, 342–354.

Favre, A., Matuszak, S. & Muellner-Riehl, A.N. 2013. Two new species of the Asian genus Tripterospermum (Gentianaceae). Systematic Botany 38, 224–234.


Dr. Melanie Grudinski

Former doctoral student (2010–2014) Title of thesis: Plant diversification patterns in the Indomalesian, Australasian and Pacific Island region (Eocene to Pliocene)


Grudinski, M., Wanntorp, L., Pannell, C.M. & Muellner-Riehl, A.N. 2014. West to east dispersal in a widespread animal-dispersed woody angiosperm genus (Aglaia, Meliaceae) across the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Journal of Biogeography 41, 1149–1159.

Wanntorp, L., Grudinski, M., Forster, P.I., Muellner-Riehl, A.N. & Grimm, G.W. 2014. Wax plants (Hoya, Apocynaceae) evolution – epiphytism drives successfull radiation. Taxon 63, 89–102.

Grudinski, M., Pannell, C.M., Chase, M.W., Ahmad, J.A. & Muellner-Riehl, A.N.2014An evaluation of taxonomic concepts of the widespread plant genus Aglaia and its allies across Wallace's Line (tribe Aglaieae, Meliaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 73, 65–76.


Dr. Lars Nauheimer

Former postdoctoral researcher

Now working with Prof. Darren Crayn (JCU, Cairns)

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Dr. Julio Schneider

Former guest researcher from the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt.

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last update: 20.01.2020