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andreaalexa1 Andrea Christine Alexa (Bachelor) Phylogeny, biogeography and evolution of C4-photosynthesis in Tribuloideae (Zygophyllaceae).*

May 2016 - October 2016.

piabauer1 Pia Bauer (Bachelor) Gene copies of the phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase in species of Crassulaceae with C3, obligate CAM and facultative CAM photosynthesis.*

April - October 2017.

Svetlana Beer  Short term DAAD grant.*
mariajuliabena1 Maria Julia Bena (Postdoc)

Home institution: Instituto de Botánica Darwinion. Mailbox 22B1642HYD. San Isidro, Argentina

C3 and Cspecies germination and growth under differential temperature conditions in South American Gomphrenoideae (Amaranthaceae s.s.).*

February – May 2018.

kerstinbissinger1 Kerstin Bissinger (Bachelor, Master)

Master:Abundance of GDC and SHORTROOT transcripts in C3, C2 and Cspecies of Salsoleae (Chenopodiaceae) growing at two different temperatures.*

In cooperation with Dr. Nouria Koteyeva and Prof. Elena Voznesenskaya. Laboratory of Anatomy and Morphology, VL Komarov Botanical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, Russia.

End: November 2019. 

Bachelor:Gene copies of the glycine decarboxylase in the C2-species Salsola divaricata.* 

March - September 2017.

kerstinbissinger011 Kerstin Bissinger (Master) Phylogeny and evolution of Gisekia (Gisekiaceae).*

January 2012 - September 2012.

susanneelisabethbleser1 Susanne Elisabeth Bleser (Master) CAM photosynthesis in Aeonium (Crassulaceae).*

September 2020.

nadinebobon1 Nadine Bobon (Bachelor, Master) Master: Phylogeny and biogeography of Monanthes (Crassulaceae) and the evolution of CAM photosynthesis.*

March 2018 - April 2019.

Bachelor: Phylogeny of Australian Dysphania (Chenopodiaceae) and the development of DNA barcode.*

October 2016 - March 2017.

katharinabohley1 Katharina Bohley (Master, Dissertation) Dissertation: C4-Evolution in Sesuvioideae (Aizoaceae) with Focus on Sesuvium L.*

Supported by a PhD stipend of the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung

June 2014 - December 2018.

Master: Phylogeny and systematics of Sesuvium (Sesuvioideae, Aizoaceae) and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis within the genus.*

October 2012 - November 2013.

nicolasbrignone1 Nicolas Brignone (PhD)

Home institution: Instituto de Botánica Darwinion. Mailbox 22B1642HYD. San Isidro, Argentina

PhD student (visiting PhD funded by DAAD)

Using RadSeq to resolve phylogenetic relationships among South American Atriplex species.*

October 2018 – January 2019.


yettebrockelmann1 Yette Brockelmann (Bachelor) Genetic diversity in Eurasian Sarcocornia (Chenopodiaceae) - search for a DNA barcode in a morphologically difficult group.*

April - September 2014. 

Jonathan Cabrera (PhD)  PhD with DAAD grant*
chazalon Jean-Baptiste Chazalon (Master) Comparative floral scent study of Cypripedium (Orchidaceae)
& Post-pollination effects on the floral fragrance in Cypripedium henryi Rolfe

13 March 2023 - 28 August 2023


chlomoudis Giagkos-Ion Chlomoudis (Master) Phylogenetic analysis of the genus Calvoa Hook. f. (Melastomataceae)

19 July 2021- 03 January 2022

svenjadecker1 Svenja Decker (Bachelor) Evolution of PEPC in C3-, C2- und C4-species of Salsoleae (Chenopodiaceae).*

March 2016 - September 2016.

laraengfer1 Lara Engfer (Bachelor) Phylogeny and biogeography of Larreoideae (Zygophyllaceae) - from the tropics to the desert?*

May 2016 - October 2016.

karinfehr1 Karin Fehr (Bachelor) Phylogeny and biogeography of Dysphania (Chenopodiaceae).*

In collaboration with Prof. Pertti Uotila (Botanical Museum, Finnish Museum of Natural History, University of Helsinki, Finland).

April - August 2013.

annkathrinfrenger1 Annkathrin Frenger (Bachelor) Molecular phylogeny of Dissochaeteae based on cp data.*

In cooperation with Abdulrokhman Kartonegoro, PhD Student, Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands.

November 2019 - May 2020.



saragarciaaloy1 Sara García Aloy (PhD) Phylogeny and evolution of the genus Monsonia (Geraniaceae).*

Based at the Institut Botànic de Barcelona, Pg. del Migdia, E-08038 Barcelona, Spain.

Erasmus grant for a 4 month stay from April - July 2015.



tobiasgelz1 Tobias Gelz (Master of Education) Intraspecific variation of the CO2 compensation point in Salsola divaricata (Chenopodiaceae).*

April 2014 - December 2015.

ninaglaser1 Nina Glaser (Bachelor) Evolution of PEPC in Sesuvioideae (Aizoaceae).*

March 2016 - September 2016.

stephaniegoedderz1 Stephanie Gödderz (Bachelor) Identifying and characterizing the fungus associated with Suaeda monoica galls.*

In cooperation with Netta Dorchin, PhD. School of Zoology Curator of Entomology, The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History Tel Aviv University ISRAEL. Prof. E. Thines, IMP, University Mainz. Prof. M. Kaltenpoth, iOME, University Mainz.

October 2018 - April 2019.

d-groffman2 Dominique Jeton Groffman Seed and fruit morphology explain dispersal and range of the Australian Atriplex L. (Amaranthaceae) complex; Review of the mechanisms and evolution of heterodiaspory.

September 2021 - March 2022

feliachristinhaffelder1 Felia Christin Haffelder (Bachelor) Abundance of PEPC transcripts in populations of the C2 species Salsola divaricata.* 

October 2017 - May 2018.

Sophia Hammen (Master) Global phylogeny and biogeography of Atriplex (Amaranthaceae).*

November 2019 - January 2021.

larahennig1 Lara Hennig (Bachelor, Master) Master: Seed anatomy of Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae.*

In cooperation with Dr. Rosemary Newton, Millennium Seed Bank, RBG Kew, Wakehurst Place, GB.

April 2014 - April 2015. 

Bachelor: Molecular phylogeny of Caroxyloneae (Chenopodiaceae).*

October 2012 - February 2013.

Julia Höreth (Bachelor) Breathing in Aeonium(Crassulaceae) – Relation of stomatal density and cuticular conductance.*

December 2019 - August 2020.

janishoetzel1 Janis Hötzel (Bachelor) Variation of Glycine decarboxylase (GDC) at nucleotide and aminoacid level in C3, C4 and Cmembers of Chenopodiaceae.*

October 2016 - March 2017.

justinehoffmann_orig1 Justine Hoffmann (Bachelor) SSR-seq in Vitis: Do microsatellites contain SNPs useful for Vitis genotyping?*

In cooperation with Mareike Rij, Dr. Johanna Frotscher and Prof. J. Schmid, Hochschule Geisenheim, Institut für Rebenzüchtung, Geisenheim.

October 2019 - April 2020


Sandra Hohmann (Master)
isabellahohmeister1 Isabella Hohmeister (Bachelor) C3 or weak CAM? Discovering the CAM-type of Crassulaceae with C3-like carbon isotope values.*

October 2017 - April 2018.

philipphuehn1 Philipp Hühn (Master) Phylogeny and Taxonomy of Australian Camphorosmeae using GBS and image analysis.*

January 2017 - March 2018.

olgajoos1 Olga Joos (Master) Phylogeny of Sesuvioideae (Aizoaceae) and evolution of C4 photosynthesis.*

In cooperation with Prof. S. Liede-Schumann, Univ. Bayreuth, Germany.

January - October 2013. 

florianjung1 Florian Jung (Bachelor)  Molecular Phylogeny of Aeonieae (Crassulaceae) based on chloroplast and nuclear sequence data.*

April - September 2018

guelsemkara1 Gülsem Kara (Bachelor) Relation of CAM activity, carbon isotope ratio and cuticular conductance in Aeonium(Crassulaceae) growing under different temperature and drought regimes.*

End: October 2019.

elenaklein1 Elena Klein (Bachelor)  CAM performance and leaf anatomical traits in Mesembryanthemum.*

In cooperation with Dr. Cornelia Klak, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

October 2019 - April 2020


Alexander Köhl (Master)
corneliakoehle1 Cornelia Annika Köhle (Bachelor) Leaf anatomy of Caroxyloneae (Chenopodiaceae).*

October 2013 - February 2014.

jasminkohl1 Jasmin Kohl (Bachelor) Do the clonal plantlets of Kalanchoeperform CAM?*

May 2020 - November 2020.

suvrat1 Suvrat Kotagal

Stamen morphology, development and genetics of Melastomataceae

June 2022 - December 2023

janpeterkotrade1 Jan Peter Kotrade (Bachelor) Canatomy in Gisekiaceae.*

November 2011 - February 2012.

sandrakrause1 Sandra Krause (Bachelor)  The evolution of stomata density in Anabasis (Chenopodiaceae) and its ecological implications.*

April - August 2013.

stefaniekrieg1 Stefanie Krieg (Staatsexamen) Phylogeny and biogeography of Australian Atriplex (Chenopodiaceae).*

February 2011 - September 2011. Supervised also by Prof. J.W. Kadereit.

lagou Loudmila Jelinscaia Lagou (Master)

Phylogenomic analyses of Cypripedium (Orchidaceae)

17 April 2023 - 30 September 2023


maximilianlauterbach1 Maximilian Lauterbach (Bachelor, Master, PhD) PhD: C4 photosynthesis combined with water storage - a formula for evolutionary success in extremely dry and saline habitats.*

February 2014 - January 2018.

Master: Phylogeny and biogeography of Zygophyllum (Zygophyllaceae).*

In collaboration with Prof. Dirk Bellstedt, Univ. of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Dr. M. Pirie (Univ. of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and Univ. of Mainz, Germany).

March 2013 - January 2014. 

Bachelor: Biogeographie der Gattung Anabasis (Chenopodiaceae) auf der Grundlage von Sequenzdaten aus dem Chloroplastengenom.*

Oktober 2011 - Februar 2012.

oskarliebisch1 Oskar Liebisch (Bachelor) Phylogenie der Salicornioideae (Chenopodiaceae) auf der Grundlage von ITS und ETS Sequenzdaten.*

June - November 2014. 

jessicalos1 Jessica Los (Bachelor, Master) Master: Phylogeny and biogeography of Aichryson (Crassulaceae) and the evolution of CAM photosynthesis.*

March 2018 - April 2019.

Bachelor: CAM photosynthesis is Crassulaceae - experiments with the living collection at the Botanical Garden Mainz.*

November 2016 - April 2017.

kristinalust1 Kristina Lust (Bachelor) Phylogeny, biogeography and systematics of Dysphania (Chenopodiaceae).*

In collaboration with Prof. Pertti Uotila (University of Helsinki) and Dr. Alexander Sukhorukov (University of Moscow).

April 2014 - November 2014. 


Katharina Lüke (Master)
ruedigermasson1a Rüdiger Masson (Master, Dissertation) PhD: Tracing geographic and temporal patterns of Late Neogene and Pleistocene aridification in Eurasia using the drought- and salt-tolerant C4-shrub Anabasis (Chenopodiaceae).*

May 2011 - January 2014 (thesis not completed).

Master: Discovering Polycnemoideae – an old, rare, strangely distributed and largely unknown subfamily of the Amaranthaceae/Chenopodiaceae alliance.*

June 2010 - June 2011.

janinematt1 Janine Matt (Diplom) Synopsis of Salsola (Caroxyloneae, Chenopodiaceae) of Southern Africa.*

March 2016 - September 2016.

Susanne Maus (Master)
hannahmertes1 Hannah Mertes (Bachelor, Master)

Master: Evolution of asexual reproduction and CAM photosynthesis in Kalanchoe (Crassulaceae).

Start: May 2020

Bachelor: Phylogeny and systematics of Amphiblemma (Sonerileae, Melastomataceae).*

October 2018 - April 2019.

evgenianikitina1 Evgenia Nikitina (Bachelor) Comparative leaf anatomy of cotyledons and adult leaves in Chenopodiaceae.*

In cooperation with Dr. Rosemary Newton, Millennium Seed Bank, RBG Kew, Wakehurst Place, GB.

October 2013 - February 2014.

johannespawlik1 Johannes Pawlik (Bachelor) Origin and phylogeny of the C3/C4 intermediate Salsola divaricata (Salsoleae s.s., Chenopodiaceae).*

January - May 2014.

fredericrauch1 Frederic Rauch (Bachelor) Abundance of PEPC transcripts in C3, C2 and C4 species of Salsoleae (Chenopodiaceae) growing at two different temperatures.*

End: June 2019.

lenareimann1 Lena Reimann (Bachelor) C3 and Cspecies germination and growth under differential temperature conditions in South American Gomphrenoideae (Amaranthaceae s.s.).*

Co-supervised by Dr. Maria Julia Bena (Instituto de Botánica Darwinion San Isidro, Argentina)

April - September 2018

mareikerij1 Lisa Mareike Rij (Master) Classification of a Texan wild grapevine population within the genus Vitis.*

In cooperation with Dr. Johanna Frotscher, Prof. J. Schmid and Prof. E. Rühl, Hochschule Geisenheim, Institut für Rebenzüchtung, Geisenheim.

August 2018 – July 2019.

isabellrupp1 Isabell Rupp (Diplom) Comparative anatomy of cotyledons and adult leaves in Chenopodiaceae/Amaranthaceae.*

In cooperation with Dr. Rosemary Newton, Millennium Seed Bank, RBG Kew, Wakehurst Place, GB.

May 2014 - January 2015


Peter Saalbach (Bachelor) Revisiting the biogeography of Australian Camphorosmeae on the basis of an improved molecular phylogeny.*

September 2019 - February 2020

deniseschmidtnew1 Denise Schmidt (Bachelor, Master) Master:  Evolution of PEP-Carboxylase in Camphorosmeae.*

October 2014 - December 2015

Bachelor: Molecular phylogeny of Salsoleae s.s. (Chenopodiaceae).*

October 2012 - February 2013

elinaschmidt1 Elina Schmidt (Bachelor) Gene copies of PEPC in Aeonieae (Crassulaceae) and their relation to CAM-types.*

October 2017 - April 2018.

tillschroeder1 Till Schröder (Bachelor) Canatomy and biochemistry of selected species of Sesuvioideae (Aizoaceae).*

November 2015 - April 2016.

christinaschuesslerorig1 Christina Schüssler (Master) Evolution of C4 photosynthesis in Salsoloideae (Chenopodiaceae) and the diversity of C3 and Cleaf types.*

March - December 2013.

claudiasimon Claudia Simon (Bachelor) Phylogeny of Kalanchoeand the origin of asexual reproduction.*

May 2020 - February 2021

martinsimon1 Martin Simon (Bachelor) Phylogeny and biogeography of Zygophyllum sect. Annuae (Zygophyllaceae).*

In collaboration with Prof. D. Bellstedt (Univ. Stellenbosch, South Africa).

October 2013 - March 2014. 

sophiecelinesimon1 Sophie Celine Simon (Bachelor) The relation of CAM activity and carbon isotope ratio in Aeonieae growing at two different temperatures.*

October 2018 - April 2019.

Anita Slenzka (Master)
Simone Steffen (Master)
Patrick Teege (PhD with DFG position)
delphinetefarikis1 Delphine Tanita Tefarikis (Master) Phylogeography of Salsola divaricata (Chenopodiaceae) on the Canary Islands.*

March 2015 - March 2016

marieclaireveranso1 Marie Claire Veranso (PhD) Molecular Phylogeny, Systematics, Biogeography and Evolution of Floral Traits in Dissotis Benth. (Melastomataceae- Melastomeae).*

In cooperation with Dr Fongod Augustina (University of Buea, Cameroon), Dr. Dr. Thomas Couvreur (University of Buea, Cameroon) Dr. R. Douglas Stone (University of Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa).

March 2014 - October 2017. 

Kate Vickers (Sokrates grant)
ramon Ramon Vilalta
Evolution and historical biogeography of the mahogany family (Meliaceae)
June 2022 - December 2023 


silviawaldinger1 Silvia Waldinger (Bachelor) Bioinformatics of ddRAD data from long loci.*

November 2019 - May 2020.

janaweber1 Jana Weber (Bachelor) Occurrence and function of an internal ring of photosynthetic tissue in stems of Salicornioideae.*

May - September 2014.

judithwehling1 Judith Wehling (Bachelor, Master) Master: Evolution of CAM photosynthesis in Mesembryanthemoideae (Aizoaceae).*

In cooperation with Dr. Cornelia Klak. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

January 2020.

Bachelor: CAM photosynthesis in Crassulaceae – an overview.

March - September 2017.

lisawernet1 Lisa Wernet (Staatsexamen) Search for new C4 species in Zygophyllum (Zygophyllaceae).*

In collaboration with Prof. Dirk Bellstedt, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

March - September 2012. 

Emre Yaprak (short term DAAD grant)
reginazimmer1 Regina Zimmer (Master) Leaf venation and the evolution of C4 photosynthesis in Tribuloideae (Zygophyllaceae).*

In cooperation with Dr. Julio V. Schneider, Department of Botany and Molecular Evolution, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt, Germany.

April 2017 - May 2018. 

* Affiliation: JGU Mainz