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Florian Michling

Florian Michling
Florian Michling
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
69120 Heidelberg
Fon +49 6221 54-4635
Fax +49 6221 54-5508
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Hi there!


I’m interested in phylogeography, conservation genetics and phylogenetic comparative methods. I like using flexible tools (e.g. R) in research and teaching to visualise, test and simulate data.

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I'm researching the endangered herb Dianthus gratianopolitanus in a conservation biology context. Other projects I’m currently working on or have been working on recently include species delimitation and introgression in the water lily species Nymphaea candida & Nymphaea alba, evolution & ecology of the invasive herb Bunias orientalis (with Lisa Tewes & Caroline Müller, Bielefeld), niche evolution in South American Hypericum spp. (with Nicolai Nürk, Bayreuth) and the genetics of hybridization between Arabidopsis arenosa and Arabidopsis lyrata with Graham Muir.

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Tewes LJ, Michling F, Koch MA, Müller C (accepted) Intracontinental plant invader shows matching genetic and chemical profiles and might benefit from high defence variation within populations. Journal of Ecology.


Nürk NM, Michling F, Linder HP (accepted) Are the radiations of temperate lineages in tropic-alpine ecosystems pre-adapted? Global Ecology and Biogeography.


Koch MA, Michling F, Walther A, Huang X, Tewes LJ, Müller C (submitted) Early-Mid Pleistocene genetic differentiation and range expansions as exemplified by Eurasian Bunias orientalis (Brassicaceae): the Caucasus as key region.


Koch MA, Meyer N, Engelhardt M, Thiv M, Bernhardt K-G, Landau A, Michling F (2016) Morphological and genetic variation of highly endangered Bromus species and the status of these neolithical weeds in Central Europe. Plant Systematics and Evolution 302: 515-525.

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Skills & Experience

specimen collection (land & water ;-) · DNA extraction & handling · genotyping techniques · capillary electrophoresis · flow-cytometry · lab management & maintenance · supervision of students and technical staff · teaching (school, undergrad- & grad students) · raw data processing and (statistical) data analysis, including next generation sequencing data · data visualisation

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PhD Thesis

I was offered the opportunity to attain a post-graduate degree (Dr. rer. nat.):
“The evolutionary and population history of Cheddar Pink - a flagship species in European biodiversity conservation."
 The project is funded by Stiftung Naturschutzfonds Baden-Württemberg. 

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Marsiliius-Kolleg der Universität Heidelberg (2014)

Stiftung Natuschutzfonds Baden-Württemberg (2011 - 2014)

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