Prof. Dr. Alexandra Muellner-Riehl



Professor for Molecular Evolution and Plant Systematics


Room 227

Tel.: +49 (0) 341 9738581

Fax: +49 (0) 341 9738599







Professional experience

2012–present: Professor of Molecular Evolution and Plant Systematics and Director of Herbarium (LZ), Leipzig University, Germany. Elected full member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

2010–2012: Junior Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution, Goethe University and Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2006–2010: Lab Manager and Research Group Leader “Molecular Evolution of Plants”, Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2004–2005: EU Marie Curie Research Fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, UK

1999–2003: Research Assistant and Lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria



2012: Habilitation and Venia legendi in Botany, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2003: Doctoral degree in Botany (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Vienna, Austria

1999: Diploma in Biology (Mag. rer. nat.), University of Vienna, Austria


Scientific Memberships

  • IAPT (International Association for Plant Taxonomy)
  • German Botanical Society (DBG)
  • Gesellschaft fuer Biologische Systematik (GfBS)
  • Forum oesterreichischer Wissenschafter fuer Umweltschutz
  • German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)




National and international community service and functions

- Deputy Speaker of the Section “Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology” of the German Botanical Society(DBG) (2010–2021)

- Editor, Journal of Systematics and Evolution (2014–present)

- Associate Editor, Plant Systematics and Evolution (2014–2019)

- Reviewer for scientific journals:

  • African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology
  • American Journal of Botany
  • Annals of Botany
  • Applications in Plant Sciences
  • Biochemical Systematics and Ecology
  • Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
  • Biological Reviews
  • Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Edinburgh Journal of Botany
  • Evolutionary Bioinformatics
  • Forests
  • Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Heredity
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • International Journal of Plant Sciences
  • Journal of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
  • Journal of Biogeography
  • Journal of Systematics and Evolution
  • Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas
  • Molecular Biology Reports
  • Molecular Ecology Resources
  • Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
  • National Science Review
  • Nature Communications
  • Organisms, Diversity and Evolution
  • Palaeontology
  • PeerJ
  • Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
  • Phytotaxa
  • Plant Diversity
  • Plant Ecology and Evolution
  • Plant Systematics and Evolution
  • PLoS ONE
  • Scientia Horticulturae
  • Systematic Biology
  • Systematic Botany
  • Willdenowia

    - Reviewer/Referee for scientific institutions and programmes:

    • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) / French National Research Agency
    • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
    • Bilateral Exchange Programme of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
    • Canadian Research Council
    • Czech Science Foundation
    • Dutch Research Council, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
    • German Science Foundation (DFG)
    • Marie Curie Actions Programme of the European Commission
    • National Geographic Society
    • uni:docs fellowship programme at University of Vienna



      last update: 12.01.2022