Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch
Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
Fon +49 6221 54-4655
Fax +49 6221 54-5508
marcus.koch AET cos.uni-heidelberg.de
Sprechzeit: Mittwochs 11:00 - 12:00 Uhr (bitte vorher vereinbaren, please arrange with Claudia Hauber)
Evolutionary and biodiversity research in our department is focusing on levels of biological variation varying from molecules to landscapes but always focusing on organismal biology. We are addressing questions of
1) systematics and phylogenetic relationships among plant species,
2) phylo-biogeography (the distribution of genetic variation in space and time),
3) the evolution of molecular marker systems (from single genes to whole genomes),
4) adaptation processes and character trait evolution,
5) genome evolution,
6) speciation processes, breeding system evolution and differentiation on the population level,
7) developmental-molecular processes underlying sexual and asexual reproduction (apomixis) [group of Anja Schmidt],
and 8) structure, morphology and evolution of angiosperm flowers [group of Claudia Erbar].
Research Highlight For many of the projects we are focusing on cruciferous plants (mustard family, Brassicaceae). Our aim is to develop this group of more than 4000 species into one of the most important model systems of dicot plants - on the family level and below. This plant family provides some great advantages and opportunities because of a broad spectrum of methods and techniques available, well-established theoretical concepts, but also because of the many resources such as databases, DNA libaries, complete genome sequences from various species, or large germ-plasm collections at hand. Our group has build up major resources from germplasm to "knowledge" databases such as BrassiBase. Our collections are focusing on "wild populations" to elaborate the significance of genetic variation and diversity for evolution and speciation.
Actually our department consists of various Resarch Groups and working teams:
Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch: PLANT SYSTEMATICS, EVOLUTION AND BIODIVERSITY
aplProf. Dr. Claudia Erbar: FLOWER BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION
Dr. Anja Schmidt: Apomictic and sexual plant reproduction.
Dr. Markus Kiefer: Technology platforms, development and scientific administration
We are regularly offering open positions for the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor-, Master- or PhD-degree.
A larger number of projects is focusing on various biodiversity aspects, especially CONSERVATION GENETICS of endangered European and Asian plant species and KNOWLEDGE DATABASES of biological resources and biodiversity. The "Biodiversity Research Center " has been awarded in 2010/2011 as "innovation star ".
Broader aspects of biodiversity are elaborated within the interdisziplinary research framework of the in 2011 founded Heidelberg Centre for the Environment .
The "Biodiversity and Plant Systematics" department is also closely associated with the Heidelberg Botanic Garden and Herbarium (HEID) with its director Prof. Dr. Marcus Koch. Numerous research projects are largely dependent on the greenhouse facilities, gardeners expertise and the herbarium (HEID) with its more than 350.000 collection objects.
|Editor-in-Chief Plant Systematics and Evolution (PSE)|
|Associate Editor Perspectives in Plant Ecology and Evolution (PPEES)|
|Elected member Akademie fuer oekologische Landesforschung|
|Leiter GrüneSchule Junge Universität Heidelberg|
|Awarded member 2013-2014 Marsilius Kolleg|
|Deputy Managing Director Heidelberg Centre for the Environment|
|Head BIODIVERSITY Research Center at Heidelberg University|
|Editorial Advisory Board Ruperto Carola|