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Michael Grünstäudl PhD


Institut für Biologie

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Phylogenetik and Phylogenomik der Pflanzen

Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Biologie
Altensteinstr. 6
Raum 2.04
14195 Berlin


Period Position University
Ongoing (since 2015) Postdoctoral Researcher (Aim: Habilitation) Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2014-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher The Ohio State University, USA
2007-2013 Ph.D. in Plant Biology The University of Texas at Austin, USA


Semester Course number Course title Degree
Ongoing (since Fall 2017) 23106, 23108a-e Botanik und Biodiversität Bachelor
Ongoing (since Fall 2017) 23771a-b Genetik und Genomforschung für Bioinformatik Bachelor
Ongoing (since Spring 2016) 23653, 23654a-b, 23655a-d Spezielle Themen der Biologie (Evolution) Master
Ongoing (since Spring 2018) 23817 Current Topics in Plant Systematics & Evolution Graduate
Fall 2015, 2016 23108a-e Botanik und Biodiversität Bachelor
Spring 2015 23303a-e Evolution und Biodiversität Master


Peer-reviewed Journals


  • B. Escobari, T. Borsch, T.S. Quedensley, M. Gruenstaeudl, 2021. Plastid phylogenomics of the Gynoxoid group (Senecioneae, Asteraceae) highlights the importance of motif-based sequence alignment amid low genetic distances. American Journal of Botany, in press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ajb2.1775
  • T. Mehl, M. Gruenstaeudl, 2021. airpg: Automatically accessing the inverted repeats of archived plastid genomes. BMC Bioinformatics 22: 413. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12859-021-04309-y


  • M. Gruenstaeudl, 2020. annonex2embl: automatic preparation of annotated DNA sequences for bulk submissions to ENA. Bioinformatics 36: 3841-3848. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btaa209
  • M. Gruenstaeudl, N. Jenke, 2020. PACVr: Plastome Assembly Coverage Visualization in R. BMC Bioinformatics 21: 207. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12859-020-3475-0
  • I. Duran, A. Marrero, F. Msanda, C. Harrouni, M. Gruenstaeudl, J. Patino, J. Caujape-Castells, C. Garcia-Verdugo, 2020. Iconic, threatened, but largely unknown: Biogeography of the Macaronesian dragon trees (Dracaena spp.) as inferred from plastid DNA markers. Taxon 69: in press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/tax.12215


  • M. Gruenstaeudl, 2019. Why the monophyly of Nymphaeaceae currently remains indeterminate: An assessment based on gene-wise plastid phylogenomics. Plant Systematics and Evolution 305: 827-836. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00606-019-01610-5
  • A. Szukala, N. Korotkova, M. Gruenstaeudl, A.N. Sennikov, G.A. Lazkov, S.A. Litvinskaya, E. Gabrielian, T. Borsch, E. von Raab-Straube, 2019. Phylogeny of the Eurasian genus Jurinea (Asteraceae: Cardueae): Support for a monophyletic genus concept and a first hypothesis on overall species relationships. Taxon 68: 112-131. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/tax.12027
  • M. Gruenstaeudl, Y. Hartmaring, 2019. EMBL2checklists: A Python package to facilitate the user-friendly submission of plant and fungal DNA barcoding sequences to ENA. PLoS ONE 14: e0210347. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210347


  • T.S. Quedensley, M. Gruenstaeudl, R.K. Jansen, 2018. Phylogenetic relationships of the Mexican tussilaginoid genera (Asteraceae: Senecioneae). Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 12: 481-498. ISSN 1934-5259
  • M. Gruenstaeudl, N. Gerschler, T. Borsch, 2018. Bioinformatic Workflows for Generating Complete Plastid Genome Sequences—An Example from Cabomba (Cabombaceae) in the Context of the Phylogenomic Analysis of the Water-Lily Clade. Life 8: 25. Special Issue on "Open Science Phyloinformatics: Resources, Methods, and Analyses" DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/life8030025
  • V. Di Vincenzo, M. Gruenstaeudl, L. Nauheimer, M. Wondafrash, P. Kamau, S. Demissew, T. Borsch, 2018. Evolutionary diversification of the African achyranthoid clade (Amaranthaceae) in the context of sterile flower evolution and epizoochory. Annals of Botany 122: 69-85. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcy055
  • N. Korotkova, G. Parolly, A. Khachatryan, L. Ghulikyan, H. Sargsyan, J. Akopian, T. Borsch, M. Gruenstaeudl, 2018. Towards resolving the evolutionary history of Caucasian pears (Pyrus, Rosaceae) - Phylogenetic relationships, divergence times and leaf trait evolution. Journal of Systematics and Evolution 56: 35-47. DOI: 10.1111/jse.12276


  • M. Gruenstaeudl, L. Nauheimer, T. Borsch, 2017. Plastid genome structure and phylogenomics of Nymphaeales: conserved gene order and new insights into relationships. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 303: 1251-1270. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-017-1436-5
  • E. Maharramova, I. Huseynova, S. Kolbaia, M. Gruenstaeudl, T. Borsch, L.A.H. Muller, 2017. Phylogeography and population genetics of the riparian relict tree Pterocarya fraxinifolia (Juglandaceae) in the South Caucasus. Systematics and Biodiversity 16: 14–27. DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2017.1333540
  • M. Gruenstaeudl, B.C. Carstens, A. Santos-Guerra, R.K. Jansen, 2017. Statistical hybrid detection and the inference of ancestral distribution areas in Tolpis (Asteraceae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 121: 133-149. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blw014


  • B.C. Carstens, M. Gruenstaeudl, N.M. Reid, 2016. Community trees: Identifying codiversification in the Páramo dipteran community. Evolution 70: 1080-1093. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12916
  • M. Gruenstaeudl, 2016. WARACS: Wrappers to Automate the Reconstruction of Ancestral Character States. Applications in Plant Sciences 4: 1500120. DOI: 10.3732/apps.1500120


  • M. Gruenstaeudl, N.M. Reid, G.L. Wheeler, B.C. Carstens, 2015. Posterior predictive checks of coalescent models: P2C2M, an R package. Molecular Ecology Resources 16: 193-205. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12435


  • M. Gruenstaeudl, A. Santos-Guerra, C.V. Hawkes, R.K. Jansen, 2013. Molecular survey of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associated with Tolpis on three Canarian islands (Asteraceae). Vieraea 41: 233-252. ISSN 0210-945X


  • M. Gruenstaeudl, A. Santos-Guerra, R.K. Jansen, 2012. Phylogenetic analyses of Tolpis Adans. (Asteraceae) reveal patterns of adaptive radiation, multiple colonization, and interspecific hybridization. Cladistics 29: 416-434. DOI: 10.1111/cla.12005


  • M. Gruenstaeudl, E. Urtubey, R.K. Jansen, R. Samuel, M.H. Barfuss, T.F. Stuessy, 2009. Phylogeny of Barnadesioideae (Asteraceae) inferred from DNA sequence data and morphology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51: 572-587. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.01.023

Book Chapters

  • M. Gruenstaeudl, C.V. Hawkes, A. Santos-Guerra, R.K. Jansen, 2013. Preliminary investigations of correlated diversification between plants and their associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Macaronesia. In Caujapé-Castells, J., Nieto-Feliner, G., Fernández-Palacios, J.M. (Eds.), Amurga International Conferences on Island Biodiversity 2011. Las Palmas, Spain.
  • T.F. Stuessy, E. Urtubey, M. Gruenstaeudl, 2009. Barnadesieae (Barnadesioideae). Pp. 215-228 in Funk, V.A., Susanna, A., Stuessy, T.F., Bayer, R. (Eds.), Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of the Compositae. IAPT, Vienna, Austria.
  • Funk, V.A., and numerous authors, 2009. Compositae Metatrees: The Next Generation. Pp. 747-777 in Funk, V.A., Susanna, A., Stuessy, T.F., Bayer, R. (Eds.), Systematics, Evolution and Biogeography of the Compositae. IAPT, Vienna, Austria.
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