Research groups

Active research groups

We are working on the intersect of computational biology and biodiversity research, developing new computational methods and fieldwork/labwork workflows to quantify the complexity of biodiversity. Our vision is to one day be able to reliably capture the biodiversity value of a given site in a standardized and reproducible manner. For this we collect diversity data using environmental DNA sequencing and we apply these data to train machine learning models to be able to model the biodiversity potential of unsurveyed sites.

Find more information about the Biodiversity Lab on our home page

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We are broadly interested in the diversity and evolution of microbial eukaryotes (aka the protists). We develop and apply modern molecular, imaging, and proteomic tools to little known eukaryotic lineages in order to understand general and specific principles that have accompanied some of the major transitions during eukaryote evolution.

In our group we use phylogenetic, historical biogeographical and phylogeographical approaches to address questions on the evolutionary history of ferns and lycopods with a focus on distribution patterns.

Fern in black and white

Our research group study the diversity and evolution of fungi. We are interested in understanding why the diversity of fungi is so big, why different groups have more species than others, how different traits have evolved, and why different fungi are where they are.


Our research is about the systematics (in the broadest sense) of marine invertebrates, mainly sponges but also nudibranchs and ribbon worms (nemertines). We are especially interested in how the sessile sponges spread in the sea and, e.g., how we can have the same species on both sides of the Atlantic.


My research focus involves understanding how fungi evolve traits that allow them to cause disease in other organisms. We use comparative genomics along with genetic analyses to investigate factors that promote virulence. A major aim is to understand the origin and maintenance of accessory genomes, particularly in species of the plant pathogen, Fusarium.


Affiliated groups

Our research is focused on understanding deep branches in the eukaryote tree of life, essentially, the evolutionary relationships among major groups of living organisms. Current research projects involve the development and analysis of large molecular phylogenetic data sets, transcriptomics and genomics of orphan taxa, and the origin and evolution of mitochondrial proteomes.

Baldauf tree of life

I study the biology of the family Fumariaceae and the genus Dionysia (Primulaceae), I reconstruct phylogenies and evolutionary networks and hunt for novelties in the East Himalayas.

Image of the plant fumariaceae

My research concerns systematics, phylogeny and biogeography of flowering plants, with a special focus on plants in the Horn of Africa region. We have a taxonomic focus particularly on legumes (Fabaceae) and on the order Caryophyllales.


The studies of the group encompass the diversity, phylogeny, biogeography and ecology of a wide span of both non-lichenized and lichenized fungi. Although the scope is world-wide there is a concentration on North European material although Africa, Australasia and the Himalayas are also being studied following extensive fieldwork.

Fungi through a microscope