pictureThe research of the department Geobotany at Kiel University focuses on plant-environment relationships against the background of global change. We are particularly interested in basic research on the spread and the distribution of plants and plant communities. We study effects of edaphic and climatic factors just as interactions with biotic factors including soil biota, pathogens, herbivores, and human impact.

Recent and past research in our group is related to questions of community ecology and evolutionary ecology. We are particularly interested in the role of biodiversity for ecosystem functions and mechanisms of biological invasions.

We address our research questions both from an ecological and an evolutionary perspective. For this purpose, we conduct experimental field studies, common garden and greenhouse experiments, lab studies just as observational studies in landscapes and apply meta-analyses for synthesis approaches.

Members of the Department


  • FraDiv
    Significance of ash dieback to the biodiversity of woodlands and strategies for their preservation (FraDiv) more
    Cluster of Excellence ROOTS - Social, Environmental, and Cultural Connectivity in Past Societies more
  • Jakobs-Kreuzkraut (JKK)
    Genotypic diversity and biotic factors on the invasion process of Jacobaea vulgaris more
  • Plant Evolutionary Ecology
    Eco-evolutionary consequences of alterations to environmental stress regimes in plant populations more
  • China
    The joint Chinese-German-Swiss research project “BEF-China” (FOR 891) more
  • KPC - Kiel Plant Center
    The Kiel Plant Centre (KPC) aims to encourage and foster more interdisciplinary communication and interaction between plant scientists based in and around Kiel more




Thesis and research projects