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Prof. Dr. Birgit Gemeinholzer

Research Associate

Until 12/2020


new contact:

Heinr.-Plett-Straße 40
34132 Kassel
Gebäude: AVZ II
3. OG

Telefon +49 561 804-4181/4601

Telefax +49 561 804-4200




Research interests

  • Population genetic divergences in non-model plant species under known constrains (e.g. time/geography) results in drift, adaptation, selection and evolution, but how and how fast?
  • Reconstruction of the molecular phylogeny of the Cichorieae (Lactuceae) within the Asteraceae with special emphasis on tribal, generic and species delimitation
  • Investigating the impact of foreign genotypes upon native plant populations in the course of road side renaturation prjects or on compensatory sites.
  • Developing transcriptome fingerprinting techniques for population genetic investigations of non-model species
  • DNA-Metabarcoding and environmental barcoding of pollen (airborne pollen, insect pollen and pollen in honey)*

  • Investigating speciation processes in plants by conducting genetical, morphological, karyological, and ecological analyses
  • Concept development to safeguard and link primary biodiversity data
  • Establishment of a global network to make DNA containing material with related information accessible (Extention of the DNA bank network, supported by the DFG) in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History/US





Scientific career

  • 1994-1995:   Master of Science at the University and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh/GB
  • 1996-2000:   Research Associate at the University of Heidelberg, Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology
  • 2000:   PhD University of Heidelberg (Reconstruction of the molecular phylogeny of the Solanaceae)
  • 2001-2004:   Postdoc at the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK-Gatersleben)
  • 2004-2010:  Scientific head of the Molecular Laboratories at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (FU-Berlin)
  • since 2008: Member of the Senatskommission Biodiversity Research (DFG) and Chair of the AG Biodiversity research data

  • since 2008: Chair of the AG Biodiversity Primary Data Group of the SKB-DFG

  • Since 2010:   Institute of Botany, Systematic Botany group, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany (Akademische Rätin)
  • 2010-2014: Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN)

  • 2011-2016: Vice president of the German Society for Biological Systematics (GfBS)

  • 2012: Habilitation and Venia Legendi „Systematic and Biodiversity Research of Plants“ at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
  • Since 2012: Associate Editor Botany of the Journal Organisms, Diversity & Evolution (ODE)

  • 2012-2014:   Member of the working group  „Taxonomic Research in the Era of OMICS Technologies“ of the German Academy of Science (Leopoldina)

  • 2013-2015: Member of the Steering Committee of the Belmont e-Infrastructur-Initiative for the DFG and co-lead of WP5 „Open Data“

  • since 2014: Member of the foundation board of the Zoologische Forschungsmuseum Alexander König – Leibniz-Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere (ZFMK)

  • since 2016:   Member of the German GBIF Delegation




Memberships in scientific societies

    • Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)
    • Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GFÖ)
    • International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
    • Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG)
    • Member of the Botanischer Verein Berlin-Brandenburg


    Teaching experience

    • Supervision of PhD, graduate and undergraduate student projects
    • Seminars, lectures and practical courses in plant identification, basic and advanced botany, systematics and evolution, morphology of plants, phylogenetic reconstruction, systematics, taxonomy and nomenclature, and DNA-barcoding, regional and international field trips