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Wolf Eiserhardt

Associate professor

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 https://pebgroup.github.io/

Research areas

  • Published

    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, In : New Phytologist. 214, 4, p. 1408-1422 15 p.

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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, In : American Journal of Botany. 105, 3, p. 614-622 9 p.

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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, In : Frontiers in Plant Science. 10, p. 1-14 14 p., 1102.

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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, In : Systematic Biology. 68, 4, p. 594-606 13 p.

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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, In : PLoS Biology. 16, 3, e2005075.

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    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, In : Annals of Botany. 108, 8, p. 1391-1416 26 p.

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