Dr. Katja Reichel

Katja Reichel

Institute for Biology

Systematic Botany and Geography of Plants


Field of Activity

Population genetics, Conservation genetics

Address Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Biologie
Altensteinstr. 6
Room 2.02
14195 Berlin
Telephone +49 30 838 61545
Email katja.reichel[at]fu-berlin.de


since 2016 Researcher (Postdoc)
Systematic Botany and Geography of Plants, Freie Universität Berlin 
2015 Doctorat: Biologie et Agronomie
Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes (Frankreich) 
2012-15 Chercheur doctorant / Researcher (Predoc)
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) 
2012 Diplom: Biology
Dresden University of Technology
2011-12 Diplom student / Research assistant
Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz 
2011 Lab assistant
Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) 
2011 Graduate Certificate of Science: Tropical Ecology & Conservation
James-Cook-University, Townsville (Australien) 
2009 Research intern
Nationalpark Harz 
2008-10 Student assistant
Institute for Botany, Dresden University of Technology
2006 Abitur

Winter semester

Basismodul (DE) Botany and Biodiversity

Allgemeine Berufsvorbereitung (DE/EN) Population genetics

Summer semester

Vertiefungsmodul (DE) Evolution and Diversity of Animals/Plants

Aufbaumodul (DE) Systematic Biology

All year

Plant Evolution Seminar (EN, biweekly) 


Partial asexuality and the speed of adaptation

The time needed until a population has adapted to new environmental conditions also depends on its reproductive system. While sexual reproduction (random mating) rapidly creates new genotypes, already well-adapted genotypes can best be maintained by asexual (clonal) reproduction. Using a mathamatical model (Markov chain), we are trying to determine under which selective conditions combined sexual and asexual reproduction lead to faster adaptation.

Cooperation: Solenn Stoeckel, INRA Rennes

Phylogeography of the vulnerable plant species Scabiosa canescens WALDST. & KIT. (Dipsacaceae)

Scabiosa canescens is a central european plant of xerothermic habitats and considered vulnerable in Germany. We aim to reconstruct its distribution history based on chloroplast haplotypes, thereby providing key information for conservation and management of the species.

In charge: Annett Schladitz (diploma student)

Cooperation: Sascha A. Ismail, University of Aberdeen // Erik Welk, Martin-Luther-University Halle

Genetic diversity of the rare desert shrub Calligonum bakuense LITV. (Polygonaceae)

With only around 150 individuals worldwide endemic to the coastal sand dunes around Baku (Azerbaijan), the deset shrub Calligonum bakuense is one of the rarest plants on earth. We use nuclear microsatellites to study its genetic diversity and help with its protection.

In charge: Halil I. Atis (BSc-Kandidat)

Cooperation: Nadja Korotkova & Gerald Parolly, BGBM // Institute of Botany and Central Botanical Garden Baku, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences


R Rouger, K Reichel, F Malrieu, J-P Masson, S Stoeckel: Effects of complex life-cycles on genetic diversity: The role of cyclical parthenogenesisHeredity 117:336-347.

K Reichel, J-P Masson, F Malrieu, S Arnaud-Haond, S Stoeckel: Rare sex or out of reach equilibrium? The dynamics of FIS in partially clonal organismsBMC Genetics 17:76.

K Reichel, F Richter, L Eichel, Z Kącki, K Wesche, E Welk, C Neinhuis, CM Ritz: Genetic diversity in the locally declining Laserpitium prutenicum L. and the more common Selinum carvifolia (L.) L. – a “silent goodbye”?  Conservation Genetics 17(4):847-860.


K Reichel, V Bahier, C Midoux, N Parisey, J-P Masson, S Stoeckel: Interpretation and approximation tools for big, dense Markov chain transition matrices in population geneticsAlgorithms for Molecular Biology 10:31.


K Reichel70 Jahre nach Theodor Schütze – Das Preußische Laserkraut (Laserpitium prutenicum) in Ostsachsen und angrenzenden GebietenBerichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 21:17-30.