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  • Glenda Mendieta-Leiva

Biodiversity of plants lab - Alexander Zizka

“How does plant diversity emerge and how can we protect it in times of global change?”

With this question in mind, we focus on three research areas:

  1. How has evolution shaped adaptation and geographic distribution in flowering plants?
  2. How did plant–fungal interactions emerge?
  3. How can artificial intelligence and big data help us protect plant diversity?

Methods central to our work are sampling in the field, work with herbarium collections, anatomic and DNA-based labwork and eco-evolutionary modelling. Geographically, we focus on South America, Madagascar and the flora of Marburg and Hesse.