Hörandl, Elvira , Prof. Dr.

Professor of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants

  • 10/2011 - present: Professor for Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants (W3), University of Göttingen; Head of the Department of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants with Herbarium
  • 12/2006 - 09/2011 Adjunct Associate Professor (Privatdozent) and research group leader at the University of Vienna
  • 2006 Habilitation: Botany, University of Vienna
  • 10/1999 - 12/2006 Associate editor at the International Association of Plant Taxonomy. Research group leader at the University of Vienna
  • 01/1996 - 09/1999 Postdoctoral researcher (FWF, ÖAW and ÖNB Projects) and Lecturer at the University of Vienna
  • 01/1993 - 12/1995 Scientific Assistant at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
  • 10/1987 - 12/1992 Research Assistant at the Institute for Botany, University of Vienna
  • 1991 Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in Botany, University of Vienna
  • 10/1984 - 01/1988 Diploma (Mag.) in Biology and Earth Sciences, University of Vienna

Major Research Interests

Evolution of asexual polyploid complexes in plants, origin of apomixis (the asexual reproduction via seed), developmental and reproductive biology
Geographical distribution and ecology of apomictic plant populations
Evolutionary biology, resolving the "paradox of sex" in nature

Hybrid evolution and speciation in willows (Salix), population genetics and genomics
Phylogenetic analyses and biogeography of buttercups (Ranunculus) and willows (Salix)

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Hojsgaard D, Greilhuber J, Pellino M, Paun O, Sharbel TF, Hörandl E (2014) Emergence of apospory and bypass of meiosis via apomixis after sexual hybridisation and polyploidisation. NEW PHYTOLOGIST 204: 1000-1012 DOI: 10.1111/nph.12954 Open Access!
  • Hodac L, Scheben AP, Hojsgaard D, Paun O, Hörandl E (2014) ITS Polymorphisms shed light on hybrid evolution in apomictic plants: A case Study on the Ranunculus auricomus complex. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103003. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103003. Open Access!
  • Hojsgaard D, Klatt S, Baier R, Carman JG, Hörandl E. 2014. Taxonomy and biogeography of apomixis in angiosperms and associated biodiversity characteristics. CRIT REV PLANT SCI. 33: 414-427. DOI: 10.1080/07352689.2014.898488 Open Access!
  • Hörandl E. Hadacek F. (2013). The oxidative damage initiation hypothesis for meiosis. PLANT REPRODUCTION 26: 351?367. doi: 10.1007/s00497-013-0234-7 Open access!
  • Pellino M, Hojsgaard D, Schmutzer T, Scholz U, Vogel H, Hörandl E, Sharbel TF (2013). Asexual genome evolution in the apomictic Ranunculus auricomus complex: examining the effects of hybridization and mutation accumulation. MOLEC ECOL 22: 5908?5921. doi: 10.1111/mec.12533
  • Cosendai AC, Wagner J, Ladinig U, Rosche C, Hörandl E (2013) Geographical parthenogenesis and population genetic structure in the alpine species Ranunculus kuepferi (Ranunculaceae). HEREDITY, 110: 560-569