Carnivory in Lamiales
In the angiosperm order Lamiales, the greatest diversity of carnivorous plants evolved, with some representatives exhibiting the most extreme embodiment of the carnivorous syndrome. The smallest an...
DNA sequence alignment for phylogenetic analysis
We cooperate with Mark Simmons (Colorado State Universtiy, USA) on comparing alternative computerized alignment procedures via simulation studies and empirical data, and contrast these procedures...
Gene family analyses
We currently analyze the complex evolutionary history of ITS paralogues and potential pseudogenes in Linderniaceae. We also cooperate with Claude dePamphilis (Penn State University, USA) on developing...
German Barcode of Life
ife: Inventory and genetic characterization of animals, plants and fungi. GBOL
is a German network consisting of several natural history museums and biodiversity research institutions...
With the growing number of phylogenetic studies that use length variable DNA sequences, incorporating information from length-mutational events into phylogenetic analysis is becoming increasingly i...
Lamiales are one of the largest orders of angiosperms, with about 22000 species. The family Scrophulariaceae, as one of their most important families, has been shown to be polyphyletic. As a consequence, this family was r...
Molecular systematics and pollen evolution in Amaranthaceae
Initiated and supervised by Prof. Thomas Borsch (FU Berlin), these studies aim at identifying the major lineages within Amaranthaceae and their affinities to Chenopodiaceae, as well as reconstructing...
In cooperation with Claude dePamphilis (Penn State University, USA), we work on analysing selectional shifts on chloroplast genomes of parasitic plants. Parasitic plants are valuable models for studying...
The Botanical Garden Münster harbors one of the largest scientific collections of Pelargonium worldwide. We work on the phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus and and try to illuminate the highly complex...
Phylogenetic signal in highly variable chloroplast DNA markers
Recent advances in understanding patterns and mechanisms of molecular evolution in coding and non-coding DNA regions have contributed to developing more sophisticated approaches to molecular phylogenetic...
We develop various software that facilitate frequent tasks in phylogenetics and other areas of biology. See Software
for currently available programs. All software developed by members of our group...