Phanerogamen I


Karsten Wesche
Prof. Dr. Karsten Wesche
Sektionsleiter Phanerogamen I

Geboren 1970 in Lüchow, Niedersachsen

1990 bis 1996: Studium der Biologie (Botanik, Naturschutz, Ökologie) und verwandter Fächer (Bodenkunde, Geographie) in Marburg, Gießen und Aberdeen (UK). Diplomarbeit über die Vegetation tropischer Salwälder in Nepal

Aug. 1996 bis Jan. 2000: Promotion am FB Geographie, Fachgebiet Biogeographie, Univ. Marburg. Feldarbeiten am Mt. Elgon (Uganda, Kenia), Titel der Dissertation: „The high-altitude environment of Mt. Elgon (Uganda/Kenya). Climate, vegetation and the impact of fire“

Jun 2000 – Apr 2008: Wiss. Assistent (ab 2006 wiss. Mitarbeiter) am Institut für Biologie / Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten, Martin-Luther-Univ. Halle-Wittenberg

Juli 2007: Habilitation / venia legendi für Botanik, Titel der Habilitationsschrift: „Plant survival in southern Mongolian desert steppes – Ecology of communities, interactions and populations“ (eingereicht Okt. 2006)

Mai 2008 – Dez 2009: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter / Projektkoordinator „BioChange – Germany“, Abt. Pflanzenökologie und Ökosystemforschung, Univ. Göttingen

Seit Jan 2010: Leitung der Abt. Botanik, Sektionsleiter Phanerogamen I, Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde, Görlitz

Seit Jul 2016: Professor, Lehrstuhl Biodiversität der Pflanzen, Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau, Technische Universität Dresden


Feldarbeiten in verschiedenen Ländern, u.a. : Schweiz, Mongolei, China / Tibet, Russland, Uganda, Kenia, Tansania, Äthiopien, Kamerun, Bolivien, Costa Rica (und natürlich Deutschland)

Gründungsmitglied Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Subject editor Flora, Mitglied der Editorial Boards von Journal of Vegetation Science / Applied Vegetation Science und Phytocoenologia, Mit-Herausgeber Rothmaler-Exkursionsflora.

Dr. Yun Jäschke


Oyundaki Chuluunkhuyag


Research Projects
2011 – 2016 Mongolian-Sino-German integrated research and development project WATERCOPE
2004 – 2006 Joint German-Mongolian research project “Gobi Gurvan Saikhan”

Young Geoscientists Association, Academy of Sciences, 2010

Selected Publications / Reports

Oyundari, Ch., 2008. Natural resource consumption. “Nature and Life” journal vol.15: pp 39-40 (In Mongolian)
Oyundari, Ch., 2010. Virtual water export and import of Mongolia. Mongolian young scientist’s journal, pp 37-44 (In Mongolian)

Oyundelger Khurelpurev


Research Projects

Population genetics and evolutionary biology of two key dryland species: Artemisia frigida Willd. and A. scoparia Waldst. & Kit. (Anthemideae, Asteraceae)

Selected Publications / Reports

Khurelpurev, O., Pfeiffer, M. 2017. Coleoptera in the Altai Mountains (Mongolia): species richness and community patterns along an ecological gradient – Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity 10(3): 362-370. (
Batlai, O., Shuherdorj, B., Khurelpurev, O., Oyunbileg, M., Kim, J.Y., Cho, H.J., Nyam-Osor, B., YoungChung, G., Hyeok Jae Choi, H.J. 2017. Contribution to the knowledge on the flora of Munkhkairkhan mountain area, Mongolia – Journal of Asia-PacificBiodiversity 10(4): 573-582.

Jennifer Reinecke


DFG-Project: Tundra Steppe
The End of the Pleistocene Tundra Steppe– Interactions between Vegetation, Climate and Large Herbivores in Beringia during the Late Quaternary

The current decline of global biodiversity in consequence of human activities is comparable with earlier mass extinctions in Earth’s history, which might be considered to be potential analogues for assessing this process. The last such extinction event was the loss of numerous large-bodied mammals (megaherbivores) in the course of the late Quaternary. Their extinction stands in close connection with the spread of modern humans, but coincided with abrupt climatic changes at the end of the Pleistocene. In the Arctic, rising temperature and increased humidity triggered the transformation of the Pleistocene nutritious grassland vegetation into birch shrubland, coniferous forest tundra and finally into low-diverse tundra wetland, which are an inappropriate habitat for most large herbivores.

The project aims at contributing to the ongoing debate on the type of vegetation present at that time and place: an extensive productive, cold-adapted grassland or a patchy mosaic of tundra-steppe in response to local environmental conditions such as topography, exposition, disturbances and soil moisture as it is found today. We want to identify the proportion of steppe, meadow and arcto-alpine plant elements in the past mammoth steppes. We want to contribute to re-constructing the climate and subsequent vegetation changes that took place at the transition to the holocene by combining palaeobotanical results with studies of modern plant communities. We intend to include herbivore – vegetation interactions, which are so far hardly considered, by studying grazing effects along climate gradients in the taiga/ tundra transition zone at the lower Kolyma River and in relict steppes of the Yana highlands, Yakutia. In a synthesis, the relative effects of climate and grazing as potential main drivers of vegetation characteristics in Northern Beringia during the late Quaternary are to be determined using multivariate statistics.

We are working on the present vegetation of Eastern Siberia, with a focus on the most northerly distributed steppes and steppe plant species and on the effect of grazing on this vegetation. The paleobotanical work is carried out by the working group of Frank Kienast, Senckenberg Research Station in Weimar.

Frank Kienast, Kseniia Ashastina (Senckenberg Research Station of Quaternary Palaeontology, Weimar)
Elena Troeva (Laboratory of Genesis and Ecology of Soil-Vegetation Cover – Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk, Russia)

German National Science Foundation (DFG)