University professor, retired
Biological diversity is the result of a million year-long evolution, characterized by continuous changes and adaptations. Using the flowering plants as an example, we investigate the evolution und development of plant diversity. One focus is the morphology, development and function of flowers and inflorescences, a second the evolutionary significance of floral structures with respect to pollination and sexual reproduction. We reconstruct character evolution by generating phylogenies and conduct experiments in the field. Our studies on endangered plants contribute to conservation.