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Wolf Eiserhardt


Wolf L. Eiserhardt
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My research aims to explain why land plants (Embryophyta) have diversified into >350.000 species, and why the majority of those species are concentrated in relatively few "hyperdiverse" ecosystems. I approach this question by reconstructing the plant Tree of Life and relating it to the geographic distribution, ecology and function of plant species. I do this at various phylogenetic and geographic scales, ranging from model groups (such as the palm family, Arecaceae) for which high-quality data is available or can be produced, to integrative Big Data studies covering most of the Land Plant lineage. By shedding light on some of the natural dynamics that have caused plants to diversify I hope to inform the debate about what is currently being lost due to human activities and how long it may take to recover.

Besides my own research I supervise the Plant Evolution and Biodiversity group at AU. For more information about me and my group see


  • Plantefylogeni
  • Biogeografi
  • Makroøkologi
  • Tropisk regnskov


  • Udgivet

    Plant phylogeny as a window on the evolution of hyperdiversity in the tropical rainforest biome

    Eiserhardt, W. L., Couvreur, T. L. P. & Baker, W. J., 1 jun. 2017, I: New Phytologist. 214, 4, s. 1408-1422 15 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisReviewForskningpeer review

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    A roadmap for global synthesis of the plant tree of life

    Eiserhardt, W. L., Antonelli, A., Bennett, D. J., Botigue, L. R., Burleigh, J. G., Dodsworth, S., Enquist, B. J., Forest, F., Kim, J. T., Kozlov, A. M., Leitch, I. J., Maitner, B. S., Mirarab, S., Piel, W. H., Perez-Escobar, O. A., Pokorny, L., Rahbek, C., Sandel, B., Smith, S. A., Stamatakis, A., Vos, R. A., Warnow, T. & Baker, W. J., mar. 2018, I: American Journal of Botany. 105, 3, s. 614-622 9 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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    Factors Affecting Targeted Sequencing of 353 Nuclear Genes From Herbarium Specimens Spanning the Diversity of Angiosperms

    Brewer, G. E., Clarkson, J. J., Maurin, O., Zuntini, A. R., Barber, V., Bellot, S., Biggs, N., Cowan, R. S., Davies, N. M. J., Dodsworth, S., Edwards, S. L., Eiserhardt, W. L., Epitawalage, N., Frisby, S., Grall, A., Kersey, P. J., Pokorny, L., Leitch, I. J., Forest, F. & Baker, W. J., sep. 2019, I: Frontiers in Plant Science. 10, s. 1-14 14 s., 1102.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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    A Universal Probe Set for Targeted Sequencing of 353 Nuclear Genes from Any Flowering Plant Designed Using k-Medoids Clustering

    Johnson, M. G., Pokorny, L., Dodsworth, S., Botigué, L. R., Cowan, R. S., Devault, A., Eiserhardt, W. L., Epitawalage, N., Forest, F., Kim, J. T., Leebens-Mack, J. H., Leitch, I. J., Maurin, O., Soltis, D. E., Soltis, P. S., Wong, G. K. S., Baker, W. J. & Wickett, N. J., 1 jul. 2019, I: Systematic Biology. 68, 4, s. 594-606 13 s.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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    Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation

    Thomson, S. A., Pyle, R. L., Ahyong, S. T., Alonso-Zarazaga, M., Ammirati, J., Araya, J. F., Ascher, J. S., Audisio, T. L., Azevedo-Santos, V. M., Bailly, N., Baker, W. J., Balke, M., Barclay, M. V. L., Barrett, R. L., Benine, R. C., Bickerstaff, J. R. M., Bouchard, P., Bour, R., Bourgoin, T., Boyko, C. B., Breure, A. S. H., Brothers, D. J., Byng, J. W., Campbell, D., Ceríaco, L. M. P., Cernák, I., Cerretti, P., Chang, C. H., Cho, S., Copus, J. M., Costello, M. J., Cseh, A., Csuzdi, C., Culham, A., D’Elía, G., d’Udekem d’Acoz, C., Daneliya, M. E., Dekker, R., Dickinson, E. C., Dickinson, T. A., van Dijk, P. P., Dijkstra, K. D. B., Dima, B., Dmitriev, D. A., Duistermaat, L., Dumbacher, J. P., Eiserhardt, W. L., Ekrem, T., Evenhuis, N. L., Faille, A., Fernández-Triana, J. L., Fiesler, E., Fishbein, M., Fordham, B. G., Freitas, A. V. L., Friol, N. R., Fritz, U., Frøslev, T., Funk, V. A., Gaimari, S. D., Garbino, G. S. T., Garraffoni, A. R. S., Geml, J., Gill, A. C., Gray, A., Grazziotin, F. G., Greenslade, P., Gutiérrez, E. E., Harvey, M. S., Hazevoet, C. J., He, K., He, X., Helfer, S., Helgen, K. M., van Heteren, A. H., Hita Garcia, F., Holstein, N., Horváth, M. K., Hovenkamp, P. H., Hwang, W. S., Hyvönen, J., Islam, M. B., Iverson, J. B., Ivie, M. A., Jaafar, Z., Jackson, M. D., Jayat, J. P., Johnson, N. F., Kaiser, H., Klitgård, B. B., Knapp, D. G., Kojima, J. I., Kõljalg, U., Kontschán, J., Krell, F. T., Krisai-Greilhuber, I., Kullander, S., Latella, L., Lattke, J. E., Lencioni, V., Lewis, G. P., Lhano, M. G., Lujan, N. K., Luksenburg, J. A., Mariaux, J., Marinho-Filho, J., Marshall, C. J., Mate, J. F., McDonough, M. M., Michel, E., Miranda, V. F. O., Mitroiu, M. D., Molinari, J., Monks, S., Moore, A. J., Moratelli, R., Murányi, D., Nakano, T., Nikolaeva, S., Noyes, J., Ohl, M., Oleas, N. H., Orrell, T., Páll-Gergely, B., Pape, T., Papp, V., Parenti, L. R., Patterson, D., Pavlinov, I. Y., Pine, R. H., Poczai, P., Prado, J., Prathapan, D., Rabeler, R. K., Randall, J. E., Rheindt, F. E., Rhodin, A. G. J., Rodríguez, S. M., Rogers, D. C., Roque, F. D. O., Rowe, K. C., Ruedas, L. A., Salazar-Bravo, J., Salvador, R. B., Sangster, G., Sarmiento, C. E., Schigel, D. S., Schmidt, S., Schueler, F. W., Segers, H., Snow, N., Souza-Dias, P. G. B., Stals, R., Stenroos, S., Stone, R. D., Sturm, C. F., Štys, P., Teta, P., Thomas, D. C., Timm, R. M., Tindall, B. J., Todd, J. A., Triebel, D., Valdecasas, A. G., Vizzini, A., Vorontsova, M. S., de Vos, J. M., Wagner, P., Watling, L., Weakley, A., Welter-Schultes, F., Whitmore, D., Wilding, N., Will, K., Williams, J., Wilson, K., Winston, J. E., Wüster, W., Yanega, D., Yeates, D. K., Zaher, H., Zhang, G., Zhang, Z. Q. & Zhou, H. Z., 14 mar. 2018, I: PLoS Biology. 16, 3, e2005075.

    Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskrift/Konferencebidrag i tidsskrift /Bidrag til avisTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

  • Udgivet

    Geographical ecology of the palms (Arecaceae): determinants of diversity and distributions across spatial scales

    Eiserhardt, W. L., Svenning, J-C., Kissling, W. D. & Balslev, H., 2011, I: Annals of Botany. 108, 8, s. 1391-1416 26 s.

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