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Dr. Anže Žerdoner Čalasan

Dr. Anže Žerdoner Čalasan

Post-doctoral researcher


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Fakultät für Biologie
Systematik, Biodiversität & Evolution der Pflanzen
Menzinger Str. 67
80638 München

Room: 229b, second floor
Phone: +49 89 17861-285

Work group

Prof. Kadereit


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Research interests

- Evolutionary history of Australian arid flora and the underlying biological mechanisms for its survival

Currently, I work on integration and optimisation of different NGS-based methods (llddRAD, hyRAD and HybSeq) to tackle the technical issues associated with herbarium phylogenomics of rapidly and/or recently diverging polyploid plant lineages. My study subjects are taxonomically challenging and species-rich Australian Amaranthaceae including Atriplex, Chenopodium and Tecticornia. I am also interested in the evolutionary history and molecular mechanisms of heterodiaspory in Amaranthaceae — a biological phenomenon that potentially allowed many species to survive in numerous inhospitable environments worldwide. My research projects are funded through DFG priority program SPP 1991 New approaches to discovering and naming biodiversity: Taxon-omics.

Collaboration partners

  • Prof. Dr. Claude Becker (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Bavaria, Germany)
  • Dr. Kelly A. Shepherd (Western Australian Herbarium, Perth, WA).
  • Dr. Terry D. Macfarlane (Western Australian Herbarium, Perth, WA).
  • Prof. Dr. Michelle Waycott (University of Adelaide & State Herbarium of South Australia, Adelaide, SA).
  • Dr. Edward Biffin (University of Adelaide & State Herbarium of South Australia, Adelaide, SA).
  • Dr. Peter J. Lang (State Herbarium of South Australia, Adelaide, SA).
  • Prof. Dr. Elvira Hörandl (University of Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany).
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Oberprieler (University of Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany).