Biodiversity in the Alps and other mountain ranges

Mountain ranges are outstanding hotspots of biodiversity, defined as the variation of life at all levels of biological organization. We are exploring the biodiversity of vascular and non-vascular plants at different levels, ranging from genes over populations, species and communities to ecosystems. We apply molecular, classical morphometric, ultrastructural, demographic and ecological approaches.

In particular, we are interested in:

Evolution, systematics and biogeography of planktonic and benthic  freshwater algae, aeroterrestrial algae  and vascular plants  with a focus on mountain areas Evolution, systematics and biogeography of planktonic and benthic  freshwater algae, aeroterrestrial algae  and vascular plants  with a focus on mountain areas
Population development and species replacement in glacier forelands and on rock glaciers
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Population development and species replacement in glacier forelands and on rock glaciers
Diversity along altitudinal gradients and in urban environments on the species level as well as on the community level
Diversity along altitudinal gradients and in urban environments on the species level as well as on the community level