Discover Plant Diversity

Integrated Plant Diversity Science at Aarhus University

Plants – we all depend on them, but we rarely think about them. Plants produce the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and many of the construction materials, commodities and medicines that our society is built on. Yet, we still do not really understand them.

There are about 400’000 known species of land plants. Very few of them (such as major crops) have been studied in great detail, but for most plant species we barely know they exist. And there may be another 80’000 or so that remain to be discovered. How and why has this diversity evolved? What is its function in nature, and why should we care about it?

Driven by those big questions, I study the “neglected” part of plant diversity using a variety of approaches including genomics, phylogenetics, macroevolution, comparative biology, biogeography, macroecology, community ecology, and taxonomy.

I am always looking for people who would like to work with me as students, postdocs or collaborators. We need a wide range of skills – so no matter if you are a most comfortable in the jungle or in front of a computer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Wolf Eiserhardt
Associate Professor
Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Ny Munkegade 116
Building 1540-328
8000 Aarhus C

Phone: (+45) 8715 6136

E-mail: wolf.eiserhardt[at]