Dipl.-Biol. Christina Schüßler

PhD student, project scientist

Phanerogamae, Unionids of Baden-Württembergs


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Research interests





  • Schüßler C., Bräuchler C., Reyes‐Betancort J. A., Koch M. A., & Thiv M. (2019). Island biogeography of the Macaronesian Gesnouinia and Mediterranean Soleirolia (Parietarieae, Urticaceae) with implications for the evolution of insular woodiness. Taxon, 68(3), 537-556.
  • Schüßler C., Thiv M., Wörz A. 2018. Indigenous and synanthropic populations of Galanthus nivalis L. in Baden-Württemberg. Integrative Systematics 1, 7-15. 
  • Schüßler C., Freitag H., Koteyeva N., Schmidt D., Edwards G., Voznesenskaya E., Kadereit G. 2016. Molecular phylogeny and forms of photosynthesis in tribe Salsoleae (Chenopodiaceae). Journal of Experimental Botany 68, 207-223.
  • Kondraskov P., Schütz N., Schüßler C., Menezes de Sequeira M., Santos Guerra A., Caujapé-Castells J., Jaén-Molina R., Marrero-Rodríguez A., Koch M.A., Linder P., Kovar-Eder J., Thiv M. 2015. Biogeography of Mediterranean Hotspot Biodiversity: Re-Evaluating the 'Tertiary Relict' Hypothesis of Macaronesian Laurel Forests. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132091. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132091.

Conference abstracts

  • Schüßler, C., Bräuchler, C., Reyes-Betancort, J.A., Koch, M.A., Thiv, M. (2018): Canarian Gesnouinia (Urticaceae): Is secondary woodiness consistent with the Tertiary relict hypothesis?. FloraMac 2018, Madeira.
  • Schüßler, C., Bräuchler, C., Koch, M.A., Thiv, M. (2016): Evolution of woodiness in Canarian genus Gesnouinia (Urticaceae). 23rd International Symposium on ‘Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology’ of the German Botanical Society 2016, München.
  • Kondraskov, P., Schüßler, C., Schütz, N., Thiv, M. (2015): Are Macaronesian laurel forests 'Tertiary' relicts?  24th International Workshop on Plant Taphonomy 2015, Stuttgart.
  • Schüßler, C., Bräuchler, C., Koch, M.A., Thiv, M. (2015): Two Macaronesian endemic genera, two different biogeographic histories: Gesnouinia and Visnea and the role of fossils in phylogenetics. FloraMac 2015, Gran Canaria.
  • Thiv, M., Kondraskov, P., Schütz, N., Schüßler, C., Menezes de Sequeira, M., Santos Guerra A., Caujapé-Castells, J., Jaén-Molina, R., Marrero-Rodríguez, A., Koch, M. A., Linder, P., Kovar-Eder, J. (2015): The complex evolution of Macaronesian laurisilva – new insights from molecular phylogenetics. FloraMac 2015, Gran Canaria.
  • Schüßler, C., Bräuchler, C., Thiv, M. (2015): Biogeography of Macaronesian-Mediterranean distributed Urticaceae. International Biogeography Society 7th Biennial Meeting 2015, Bayreuth
  • Thiv, M., Kondraskov, P., Schüßler, C., Schütz, N. (2015): Islands as refugia? - Are Macaronesian laurel forests 'Tertiary' relicts? 7th IBS Meeting, Bayreuth.
  • Kondraskov, P., Schütz, N., Schüßler, C., Thiv, M. (2015): Historical Biogeography of selected Macaronesian Laurel forest species. 7th IBS Meeting, Bayreuth.
  • Schüßler, C., Freitag, H., Kadereit, G. (2014): Evolution of C4 photosynthesis and diversity of C4 and C3 leaf anatomy in Salsoleae s.s. (Chenopodiaceae/Amaranthaceae). BioDivEvo 2014, Dresden.


since 2014

  • Research associate in the project The evolution of Macaronesian laurel forests, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart


  • Research associate in the project Unionids of Baden-Württemberg, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart


  • Lab technician for GBOL (German Barcode of Life) fungi, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart


  • Acquisition of metadata (fungal collection), State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart


  • Internship in environmental education, Landesbund für Vogelschutz Muhr am See



  • PhD student at COS Heidelberg, supervised by Prof. Marcus Koch. Thesis: No Tertiary relicts? A biogeographical study on the Macaronesian laurel
    forest species in Daucus (Apiaceae), Geranium (Geraniaceae), Gesnouinia (Urticaceae), Phyllis (Rubiaceae), Semele (Asparagaceae) and Visnea (Pentaphylacaceae)


  • Diploma (Biology), Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Main subjects: botany, genetics, ecology.
  • Thesis at the Institut für Allgemeine Botanik, supervised by Prof. G. Kadereit. Title: Evolution of C4 photosynthesis in Salsoleae s.str. and diversity of leaf types