Researcher Band 3, The Natural History Museum, 2006.
Hochschulassistent, Department of Systematic Botany, Albrecht-von-Haller Institute of Plant Sciences, Georg-August University, Goettingen, Germany, 2002-2006.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. 2001.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. 2000.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL, USA. 1999.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rijksherbarium, University of Leiden, Netherlands. 1996-1998.
Research Assistant, University of Zurich, Switzerland. 1992-1996.
Habilitation at the Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany (Venia Legendi), 2006.
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland. 1996.
Diploma, Biological Sciences, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, 1992.
Host of Marie-Curie Intraeuropean Fellowship “Mascarene Ferns” awarded to S Hennequin. 2008.
Courant Research Centre Geobiology funded by Excellence Initiative of the Germany Science Foundation and the Ministry of Science, Third Supporting Track (Concepts for the Future). (PI) 2008.
German Science Foundation Grant (HE 3584/2-2). Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of Porellales (co-PI). 2008.
German Science Foundation Grant (SCHN 758/4-1). Scaly tree ferns of Madagascar: exploring island radiations in ferns. (PI). 2006.
German Science Foundation Grant (SCHN 758/2-2). Exploring phylogenetic aspects of radiations in derived ferns: using the epiphytic polygrammoid ferns as a model lineages. (PI). 2006.
German Science Foundation Grant (HE 3584/2-1). Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of Porellales (co-PI). 2005.
German Science Foundation Grant (SCHN 758/2-1). Exploring phylogenetic aspects of radiations in derived ferns: using the epiphytic polygrammoid ferns as a model lineages. (PI). 2003.
National Science Foundation Grant (DEB 0089909) Collaborative Research: Using phylogeny to investigate the history of morphological evolution in heterosporous ferns. (co-PI). 2001.
Member of the Linnean Society, London.
Marie-Curie Fellowship, European Commission Research Grant “Diversity and phylogeny of selected genera in the brake fern family (Pteridaceae) in Malesia.
Royal Society Conference Travel Awards (2007, 2008, 2010)
Edgar T Wherry Award of the Pteridological Section of the Botanical Society America (2000)
Mellon Systematic training grant (2001)
Robery O Bass Visiting Scientist Award (2001)
Thomas J Dee Fellowship award (1999)
Travel Award XIV International Botanical Conference (1999)
Travel Award, Green Plant Phylogeny Research Co-ordination Group (1999)
Travel Award, G. & A. Claraz Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland.
Diversification of East Asian ferns with emphasize on the Himalaya: Xian-Chun Zhang (Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, PR China).
Phylogeny of selected liverwort families: Jochen Heinrichs (Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany).
Amber fossils and land plant evolution: Alexander Schmidt (Courant Centre Geobiology, Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany).
TEMPO: Vincent Savolainen and Omar Fiz (Imperial College, London, UK).
Phylogeny and taxonomy of Polypodiacae and other fern families: Alan Smith (University of California, USA), Christopher Haufler (University of Kansas, USA), Peter Hovenkamp (Dutch National Herbarium Leiden, Netherlands), Michael Kessler (Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland), Tom Ranker (University of Hawaii, USA), Xian-Chun Zhang (Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China).
Phylogeny of Aspleniacae: Leon Perrie and Pat Brownsey (Musem of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland, New Zealand), Wen-Liang Chiou (Taiwan Forest Institute, Taiwan), Klaus Mehltreter (Instituto de Ecologia, Xalapa, Mexico), Michael Kessler (Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland), Xian-Chun Zhang (Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, PR China).
Deep Phylgeny of Ferns: Kathleen Pryer and Eric Schuettpelz (Duke University, USA).
Ecologgy and fern diversity: David Coomes (University of Cambridge, UK), Michael Kessler (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Cytology and diversification of Mascarene ferns: Mary Gibby, Stuart Lindsay (RBGE) and Sabine Hennequin (Paris)
British Bluebells: Pete Hollingsworth (RBGE) and NHM bluebell group
Evolution of the chloroplast genome of ferns: Paul Wolf (University of Utah USA), Dietmar Quandt (University of Bonn, Germany), Susann Wicke (University of Vienna, Austria), Chun-Neng Wang (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Genome evolution of ferns: Andrew Leitch (Queen Mary, University of London, UK), Ilia Leitch (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).
Several PhD committees including University of Reading, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburg, University of Turku, Marie & Pierre Curie University Paris.
More than 30 guest lectures in the last five years including lecture at the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing (China), Sun Yatsen University Guangchou (China), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich (Germany), Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), Open University (UK), Purdue University (USA), University of Cambridge (UK), University of Florida (USA), University of Hamburg (Germany), University of Uppsala Sweden), Taiwan Forest Research Institute (Taiwan). Recent Key-lectures at Systematic 2008 at Goettingen (Germany, 2008), National Fern Meeting at Shenzhen (China, 2008), Niche Evolution at Zurich (Switzerland, 2009).
Systematic Biology (since 2005)
Taxon (since 2006)
Species, Phylogeny and Evolution (since 2006)
Editor of the “phylogenetic analyses” column of Taxon (since 2007)
General interest: Evolutionary Geobiology of Land Plants with focus on ferns and other seed-free land plants. My research incorporates various research approaches including phylogenetics, population genetics, evolutionary morphology and taxonomy.
Diversification of ferns in East Asia and South East Asia
East Asia and South East Asia include several of fern diversity hotspots. These research projects are aiming to discover the processes of species assembling and maintenance in this region especially in responds to the rise of the Tibetan plateau and the collision of SE Asia and the Australian craton. The research project involves collaborations with research groups in China (X-C Zhang, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, PR China).
Barcoding ferns and other land plants
Barcoding is a promising concept for fern diversity research. My research groups is actively involved in the development of barcoding regions to obtain DNA based identification of gametophytes and young sporophytes of ferns.
Integrating climate/ distribution modeling, population genetics, and phylogenetics
The reconstruction of many evolutionary processes in the past make explicit statements concerning the distribution of taxa in the past and their evolutionary responds to climatic fluctuations. This research aims to integrate analytical approaches developed in climate/ distribution modeling, population genetics and phylogenetics. Current studies address the question of climatic niche conservatism in major lineages of ferns. Distribution modeling depends on the access to reliable distribution data as conserved in the collections of the NHM. The project is carried out in collaboration with Nadia Bystriakova.
Land plants underwent various diversification and extinction events since their successful colonisation of terrestrial habitats. The studies involved aim to discover general processes underlying these events such as the role of key innovations and to discover relationships among these diversification events such as evidence for parallel rapid diversification of several lineages of land plants in the Cretaceous. Sub-projects are focusing on the early diversification of land plants he diversification of land plants in the late Cretaceous, and Tertiary changes in plant diversity. SeeCourant Research Centre Geobiology
The genus Asplenium is one of the most species rich genera of plants and the most diverse genus among ferns. Its evolution and taxonomy is poorly understood. The project has two main objectives. First, to uncover the phylogenetic relationships within the genus and the geographical and ecological aspects of the diversification of this highly diverse pantropical and pantemperate fern lineage. Second, to investigate the evolution of climate niches in plant lineages and relationships between diversification and extinction rate to ecological preferences.
This project is aiming to investigate major process of diversity assembly including neutral versus non-neutral assembling processes by studying the diversity of fern communities in biodiversity hotspots such as Madagascar and Oceanic islands such as Mascarene islands.
This ongoing collaborative set of projects targets the diversity of the highly species rich and mainly epiphytic fern lineage of Polypodiaceae as well as other lineages of ferns such as scaly tree ferns (Cyatheacae) and Pteridaceae. Within this project the generic classification of these ferns are revised. Previous results include the description of one new genus and the redefinition of several other genera.
This is a collaborative study together with Jochen Heinrichs, Jörg Hentschel and Alexander Schmidt (all Georg-August University Goettingen). The major goals are the reconstruction of the diversification of leafy liverworts, especially Porelales, using DNA sequence variation and the fossil record of these plants.
Sabine Hennequin (Postdoctoral researcher) Marie-Curie Fellowship: Investigating the fern diversity of the Mascarne Islands. Sabine is now Maitre de Conference at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris France.
Wang Li (PhD student, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, P.R. China; co-supervised by Hong De-Yuan & Zhang Xian-Chun)
Robert Dyer (PhD student, NHM/ Imperial College; co-supervised by Vincent Savolainen)
Chang Yanfen (PhD student, NHM/ Xishuangbanna Tropical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, P.R. China; co-supervised by Li Jie & Lu Shu-Gang)
Lu Thi Ngan (PhD student, Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Hanoi, Vietnam)
Yu Ying (PhD student, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China; co-supervised by Zhu Rui-Liang)
Marie-Capucine Lepeigneux (DEA student, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; co-supervisred by Sabine Hennequin)
Wita Wardani (MSc Student, University Reading, UK; co-supervised by Alastair Culham)
Thomas Janssen (PhD student, Georg-August Univeristät Göttingen; now PostDoc in the SUN-Project at the Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt a.M. Germany)
Hans-Peter Kreier (PhD student, Georg-August Univeristät Göttingen; now PostDoc in the research group of J. Heinrichs, Georg-August Univeristät Göttingen)
Jörg Hentschel (PhD student, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany; now PostDoc at the University Jena)
Workstudents/ Masterstudents/ Diplomastudents/
Sally Fletcher (work experience student)
Fabienne Hennequin (work experience student)
Jennifer Huepeden (work experience student, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany)
Rayko Jonas (Diploma student, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany; co-supervised by Michael Kessler)
Jeannine Marquart (work experience student, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany)
Peter Mundt (Staatsexamen, Georg-August Univeristät Göttingen)
Heiko Muth (Diploma student, Georg-August Univeristät Göttingen)
Adriana Navarro-Gomez (work experience student and Lab support)
Elisabeth Otto (Diploma student, Georg-August Univeristät Göttingen. now PhD student at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
Janine Weix (Diploma student, Georg-August Univeristät Göttingen & Fachhochschule Bingen, now PhD student at the University of Bern, Switzerland)
James Beck, Duke University Durham, NC, USA.
Nadia Bystriakova, Cambridge University, UK.
Arjen de Groot, Institute of Environmental Biology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Wolf Eiserhardt, University of Hamburg, Germany (SYNTHESYS).
Sabine Hennequin, Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris, France (SYNTHESYS).
Peter Hovenkamp, National Herbarium Netherlands, Leiden, Netherlands (SYNTHESYS).
Ares Jimenez Soria, Area de Biodiversidad y Conservacion, Departamento de Biologia y Geologia ESCET, Universidad Tey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
Marcus Lehnert, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany (SYNTHESYS).
Kathleen Pryer, Duke University Durham, NC, USA.
Dietmar Quandt, Ness Institut, Bonn, Germany.
Nick Rowe, Univeristy of Montepellier 2, France.
Thomas Speck, University of Freiburg, Germany.
Susan Sprunt, University of Miami, Ohio, OH, USA.
Hans Stenoien, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Norway.
Susann Wicke, University of Vienna, Austria and Nees-Institut Bonn, Germany (SYNTHESYS).
Paul Wolf, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA.
Jasper Wubs, Institute of Environmental Biology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Wang Chun-Neng, Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Life Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.
CBOL Working Group: Hollingsoworth, P.M., L. L. Forrest, J. L. Spouge, M. Hajibabaei, S. Ratnasingham, M. van der Bank, M. W. Chase, R. S. Cowan, D. L. Erickson, A. J. Fazekas, S. W. Graham, K. E. James, K.-J. Kim, W. J. Kress, H. Schneider, J. van AlphenStahl, S. C. H. Barrett, C. van den Berg, D. Bogarin, K. S. Burgess, K. M. Cameron, M. Carine, J. Chacon, A. Clark, J. J. Clrkson, F. Conrad, D. S. Devey, C. S. Ford, T. A. H. Hederson, M. L. Hollingsworth, B. C. Husband, L. J. Kelley, P. R. Kesanakurti, J. S. Kim, Y.-D. Kim, R. Lahaye, H.-L. Lee, D. G. Long, S. Madrinan, O. Maurin, I. Meusnier, S. G. Newmaser, C.-W. Park, D. M. Percy, G. Petersen, J. E. Richardson, G. A. Salazar, V. Savolainen, O. Seberg, M. J. Wilkinson, D.-K. Y. & D. P. Little( 2009 ) A DNA barcode for land plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 106 : 12794-12797 .