Dr. Adrien Favre


Wissenschaftlicher Kollaborator




General research interests

My research on plant evolution includes various aspects of speciation and diversification. I am mostly interested in the interactions between plants and their environment.


With field relevees, greenhouse experiments and transplant experiments, I investigate the evolution of reproductive isolation and the mechanisms of habitat adaptation in species pair or species complexes of the families Caryophyllaceae and Saxifragaceae. A complementary approach between the disparate areas of field ecology and molecular genetics is used to identify the genetic basis of habitat adaptation in two closely related species of Silene (S. dioica and S. latifolia) as well as determining the ecological and genetic differentiation between several subspecies of Saxifraga exarata.

Transplant site in La Fouly (Valais, Switzerland) and Silene plants


The diversification of alpine groups in relation to climatic and geophysical changes in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP) is currently my main research focus. Main tasks encompass phylogenetic reconstruction, molecular dating, biogeographical analyses as well as climatic niche modelling. The groups chosen to perform such analyses are Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae), Gentiana (Gentianaceae) and Saxifraga (Saxifragaceae). In the scope of our research on the “Origin and evolution of Tibetan-Himalayan biotas”, I aim to answer the following general questions: (A) Does the radiation of different groups of alpine plants correlate with the uplift of the QTP and simultaneous palaeo-climatic changes?(B) How does diversity exchange between the QTP and neighbouring regions contribute to the observed high diversity of alpine plants on the QTP? (C) Does the relative importance of in situ adaptive radiation versus immigration differ between different groups of plants and types of habitat?

Chinese Saxifraga species


Journal  articles

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, doi: 10.1111/jbi.12840.

Maity D, Dey SK & Favre A (2016). Two new varieties of Kuepferia pringlei (Gentianaceae) from Sikkim Himalaya. Nordic Journal of Botany, doi: 10.1111/njb.01201.

Matuszak S, Favre A, Schnitzler J & Muellner-Riehl (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.

Maity D, Dey SK & Favre A (2016). Kuepferia kanchii sp. nov. (Gentianaceae) from Sikkim Himalaya. Nordic Journal of Botany 34, 416–420.

Hauenschild F, Favre A, Salazar GA, & Muellner-Riehl AN (2016). Phylogenetic revision of the cosmopolitan buckthorn genera (Frangula Mill. and Rhamnus L. s.l.) supports the description of a new genus, Ventia Hauenschild. Taxon 65, 65–78.

Hauenschild F, Matuszak S, Muellner-Riehl AN & 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.

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

Matuszak S, Muellner-Riehl AN, 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, Päckert M, Pauls SU, Jähnig SC, Uhl D, Michalak I & Muellner-Riehl AN (2015). The role of the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau for the evolution of Tibetan biotas - Biological Reviews 90, 236–253.

Page P, Favre A, Schiestl F & Karrenberg S (2014). Do flower color and floral scent of Silene species affect host preference of Hadena bicruris, a seed-eating pollinator, under field conditions? - PLOS ONE 9, e98755.

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

Favre A, Matuszak S & Muellner-Riehl AN (2013). Two new species of the Asian genus Tripterospermum (Gentianaceae) – Systematic Botany 38, 224–234. doi: 10.1600/036364413X662051

Favre A & Karrenberg S (2011). Stress tolerance in closely related species and their first-generation hybrids: a case study of Silene Journal of Ecology 99, 1415–1423. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01865.x

Favre A, Yuan YM, Küpfer P & Alvarez N (2010). Phylogeny of subtribe Gentianinae (Gentianaceae): biogeographic inferences despite limitations in temporal calibration points – Taxon 59, 1701–1711.

Karrenberg S & Favre A (2008). Genetic and ecological differentiation in the hybridizing campions Silene dioica and S. latifoliaEvolution 62, 763–773. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2008.00330.x

letzte Änderung: 08.11.2017