Dr. Katja Reichel

Katja Reichel

Institut für Biologie

Systematic Botany and Plant Geography

Researcher

Population and conservation genetics

Address
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Biologie
Altensteinstr. 6
Room 2.02
14195 Berlin
Email
katja.reichel[at]fu-berlin.de

CURRICULUM VITAE

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


MEMBERSHIPS

VBIO, DBG, GfÖ, GfG, BLAM

CURRENT PROJECTS

Partial asexuality and the speed of adapation

The time a population needs for adapting to new environmental conditions is influenced by its reproductive system. While sexual reproduction (random mating) quickly produces new genotypes, asexual (clonal) propagation may serve to keep optimised genotypes. Based on a mathematical model (Markov chain), we study under which selective conditions a combination of sexual and asexual reproduction may lead to faster adaptation. 

Cooperation: Solenn Stoeckel, INRA Rennes


Phylogeography of the threatened plant species Scabiosa canescens WALDST. & KIT. (Caprifoliaceae/Dipsacoideae)

Scabiosa canescens is a central European species of xerotherm habitats and considered thratened throughout Germany. Based on Chloroplast haplotypes we reconstruct the history of this plant's distribution to provide new insights for its protection. 

In charge: tba

Alumni: Dipl. Biol. Annett Schladitz

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


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

With only about 150 individuals worldwide, Calligonum bakuense, a desert shrub endemic to coastal sand dunes near the Azerbaijanian capital Baku, is one of the rarest plants on earth. We use nuclear microsatellites to meassure its genetic diversity and contribute to its conservation. 

In charge: tba

Alumni: BSc Halil I. Atis, BSc Sophia N. Meyer

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


Clonality in Arnica montana L. (Asteraceae)

Throughout the species' range, wild populations of the well-known medicinal plant Arnica montana (montain arnica) are considered to be under threat. At the same time, it is unclear which role the plants' capability to reproduce vegetatively (clonality) has in maintaining the remaining populations. We test different approaches to meassure the frequency of clonality in mountain arnica populations based on genetic data.

Cooperation: Camila Mazzoni, BeGenDiv


2017             

VK Duwe, LAH Muller, K Reichel, E Zippel, T Borsch, SA Ismail: Genetic structure and genetic diversity of the endangered grassland plant Crepis mollis (Jacq.) Asch. as a basis for conservation management in Germany. Conservation Genetics 19(3):527-543.

2016             

R Rouger, K Reichel, F Malrieu, J-P Masson, S Stoeckel: Effects of complex life-cycles on genetic diversity: The role of cyclical parthenogenesis. Heredity 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 organisms. BMC 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.

2015

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 genetics. Algorithms for Molecular Biology 10:31.

2013

K Reichel: 70 Jahre nach Theodor Schütze – Das Preußische Laserkraut (Laserpitium prutenicum) in Ostsachsen und angrenzenden Gebieten. Berichte der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft der Oberlausitz 21:17-30.

Member of the DCPS