as principal investigator

  • AraBreed funded by ANR (France) and DFG (Germany). Co-PI: Cyrille Violle, CNRS, France.
  • GrENE-net funded by DFG (Germany). Co-PIs: Moises Exposito-Alonso, University of Stanford; USA; Niek Scheepens, University of Tübingen, Germany.

as collaborator

  • CONSTRAINTS funded by ERC Strating Grant (awarded by Cyrille Violle, CNRS, France).
  • IMMUNEMESIS funded by ERC Advanced Grant (awarded by Detlef Weigel, MPI Tübingen, Germany).


Ecological theory states that plants cannot simultaneously be efficient at certain tasks, such as acquiring and conserving resources, or be both competitive and stress tolerant. Resulting trade-offs between traits are described as major constraints that drive plant diversification across large taxonomic scales. However, the role of these trade-offs on the rapid adaptation and differentiation of… Continue reading AraBreed


Genomics of rapid Evolution in Novel Environments Evolution by means of natural selection is the core theme in evolutionary research. Recently, the recognition that rapid evolutionary processes occur widely in nature gave impetus to investigate adaptation of populations to their immediate environmental conditions. Experimental evolution, where evolution is studied in action rather than as the… Continue reading GrENE-net