News

2017

  • We have an open PhD position in the EpiDiverse training network, to study epigenetic variation in European populations of Thlaspi arvense.
  • We say goodbye to Sigisfredo Garnica who returns to Chile after 18 years in Tübingen to become a group leader at INIA in Chillán. Congratulations, Sigi!
  • Fantastic! Niek received a DFG-ANR grant, together with Francois Vasseur & Cyrille Violle from Montpellier and Detlef Weigel, to work on experimental evolution of Arabidopsis thaliana in response to climate change.
  • Anna gives talks at the NASSTEC 2017 conference on native seed science, and in a symposium "Menschen - Pflanzen - Attraktionen" at TU München.
  • Congratulations to Niek for his new Oikos paper on genotypic diversity, environmental variability and plant population invasibility!
  • Congratulations to Anna for her new paper in Ecology & Evolution, where she shows that the type of statistical analyses affects whether we find local adaptation (in regional seed provenances) or not.
  • Oliver gives a sunday talk in the Botanical Garden on the treasures and research opportunities of our herbarium
  • Yay! The EU funds EpiDiverse, a European Training Network on ecological epigenetics, in which we will be involved for the next four years.
  • Finally! The big concept/review paper on ecological epigenetics, a product of the sEpiDiv workshop, is in press at Ecology Letters! Bence and Oliver are among the authors.
  • Together with colleagues, Oliver co-organises the 40th New Phytologist Symposium on ecological plant epigenetics in September 2017 in Vienna. To get an idea, see the Twitter feed, and this blog post.
  • Anna is at SER 2017, the World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Brazil, where she is presenting several talks and posters, and co-organizes a session on seed provenancing strategies.
  • Yay! Anna got her own DFG grant to work on rapid evolution in Regiosaatgut. Congratulations! So great that all her hard work finally paid off!
  • The DFG has funded our project on endophytes and invasive knotweed! So cool! And a great combination of the old and new group's expertise.
  • Hernán Burbano from the MPI in Tübingen visits our lab and gives a great EvE seminar
  • 11 people from our group attend this year's PopBio Meeting in beautiful Halle (no irony).
  • Madalin gives a seminar at the University of Basel
  • The Botanical Garden Tübingen launches a (small but beautiful) year-long exhibition about the treasures of our herbarium
  • Kick-off of this year's field season: Melissa and Svenja begin with the phenology monitoring in the Alb and Hainich exploratories
  • The multi-species paper about phenotypic evolution of grassland plants in response to land use in the Biodiversity Exploratories is finally out!
  • Anna K, Bence, Franziska, Niek and Oliver attend the annual meeting of the DFG Biodiversity Exploratories in Wernigerode
  • Welcome to our new PhD students Anna Kirschbaum and Franziska Willems who will work in the new Exploratories projects!
  • The most important new purchase of our group: a ping-pong table!
  • On 12 Feb - Darwin's 208th birthday - Niek Scheepens launched GrENE-net together with François Vasseur and Moises Exposito-Alonso
  • Anna gives a sunday talk on seed provenancing and grassland restoration in the Botanical Garden
  • Alex Klein from Freiburg visits our group and gives a Hilgendorf lecture on pollinators and ecosystem services
  • Welcome to our interns Liliana (Poland), Ramon (Spain) and Samuel (France), who will work on ex-situ conservation, invasive Ambrosia and knotweed-endophyte interactions
  • Welcome to our new group member Uta Grünert who will develop a research programme on Phacotus algae and their plasticity and adaptation to changing environments
  • Oliver gives a seminar at the UFZ in Halle
  • Invited by the Bunte WiesePetra Lindemann-Matthies from PH Karlsruhe visits our group and gives a great talk on the value of biodiversity, and biodiversity education


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