Research

Carnivory in Lamiales

Carnivory in Lamiales

In the angiosperm order Lamiales, the greatest diversity of carnivorous plants evolved, with some representatives exhibiting the most extreme embodiment of the carnivorous syndrome. The smallest an... read more
DNA sequence alignment for phylogenetic analysis

DNA sequence alignment for phylogenetic analysis

We cooperate with Mark Simmons (Colorado State Universtiy, USA) on comparing alternative computerized alignment procedures via simulation studies and empirical data, and contrast these procedures... read more
Gene family analyses

Gene family analyses

We currently analyze the complex evolutionary history of ITS paralogues and potential pseudogenes in Linderniaceae. We also cooperate with Claude dePamphilis (Penn State University, USA) on developing... read more
German Barcode of Life

German Barcode of Life

German Barcode of Life: Inventory and genetic characterization of animals, plants and fungi. GBOL is a German network consisting of several natural history museums and biodiversity research institutions... read more
Indel evolution

Indel evolution

With the growing number of phylogenetic studies that use length variable DNA sequences, incorporating information from length-mutational events into phylogenetic analysis is becoming increasingly i... read more
Linderniaceae

Linderniaceae

Lamiales are one of the largest orders of angiosperms, with about 22000 species. The family Scrophulariaceae, as one of their most important families, has been shown to be polyphyletic. As a consequence, this family was r... read more
Molecular systematics and pollen evolution in Amaranthaceae

Molecular systematics and pollen evolution in Amaranthaceae

Initiated and supervised by Prof. Thomas Borsch (FU Berlin), these studies aim at identifying the major lineages within Amaranthaceae and their affinities to Chenopodiaceae, as well as reconstructing... read more
Parasitic plants

Parasitic plants

In cooperation with Claude dePamphilis (Penn State University, USA), we work on analysing selectional shifts on chloroplast genomes of parasitic plants. Parasitic plants are valuable models for studying... read more
Pelargonium

Pelargonium

The Botanical Garden Münster harbors one of the largest scientific collections of Pelargonium worldwide. We work on the phylogeny and taxonomy of the genus and and try to illuminate the highly complex... read more
Phylogenetic signal in highly variable chloroplast DNA markers

Phylogenetic signal in highly variable chloroplast DNA markers

Recent advances in understanding patterns and mechanisms of molecular evolution in coding and non-coding DNA regions have contributed to developing more sophisticated approaches to molecular phylogenetic... read more
Software development

Software development

We develop various software that facilitate frequent tasks in phylogenetics and other areas of biology. See Software for currently available programs. All software developed by members of our group... read more