Sophie Karrenberg, Associate Professor


Tel. +46 18 471 2863

Plant evolutionary ecology

We are interested in ecological and genetic processes that cause lineage divergence and maintain ecologically relevant variation within lineages. We use a combination of field and greenhouse experiments as well as genetic methods such as association mapping.

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Favre, A., Karrenberg, S. 2011 Stress tolerance in closely related species and their first-generation hybrids: a case study of Silene. Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01865.x

Karrenberg, S. 2010. Speciation genetics: Limits and promises. Taxon 59. 1404-1412.

Rahmé J., Widmer A. and Karrenberg S. (2009) Pollen competition as an asymmetric reproductive barrier between two closely related Silene species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1937–1943.

Kane N.C., Barker M.S.Michael C. Whitlock C., Raduski A., Karrenberg S., Knapp S.J. and Rieseberg L.H. (2009) Comparative genomic and population genetic analyses indicate highly porous genomes and high levels of gene flow between divergent Helianthus species. Evolution 63: 2061–2075.

Edelist C., Falque M., Raffoux M., Dillmann C., Sicard D., Rieseberg L.H. and Karrenberg S. (2009) Differential expression of candidate genes putatively implicated in the salinity stress response in three sunflower species: the halophyte Helianthus paradoxus and its glycophyte progenitors H. annuus and H. petiolaris. American Journal of Botany 96: 1830–1838.

Karrenberg. S. and Favre A. (2008) genetic and ecological differentiation in the hybridizing species pair Silene dioica and S. latifolia. Evolution 62: 763–773.

Karrenberg, S. and Widmer A. (2008) Ecologically relevant genetic variation from a non-Arabidopsis perspective. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 11: 156–162.

Karrenberg, S., Lexer, C. and Rieseberg L.H. (2007) Reconstructing the history of homoploid hybrid speciation. American Naturalist 169: 725–237.

Karrenberg S., Edelist C., Lexer C. and Rieseberg L.H. (2006) Response to salinity in the homoploid hybrid species Helianthus paradoxus and its progenitors H. annuus and H. petiolaris. New Phytologist 170: 615–629.

Karrenberg S., Blaser S., Kollmann J. and Speck T. (2003) Root anchorage of saplings and cuttings of woody pioneer species in a riparian environment. Functional Ecology 17: 170–177.

Karrenberg S. and Suter M. (2003) Phenotypic trade-offs in the sexual reproduction of Salicaceae from flood plains. American Journal of Botany 90: 749–754.

Karrenberg S., Kollmann J. and Edwards P.J. (2003) Patterns in woody vegetation along the active zone of a near-natural Alpine river. Basic and Applied Ecology 4: 157–166.

Karrenberg S., Kollmann J. and Edwards P.J. (2002) Pollen vectors and inflorescence morphology in four species of Salix. Plant Systematics and Evolution 235: 181–188.

Karrenberg, S., Edwards, P.J. and Kollmann, J. (2002) The life historyof Salicaceae living in the active zone of flood plains. Freshwater Biology 47: 733–748

Karrenberg S. and Jensen K. (2000) Effects of pollination and pollen source on the seed set of Pedicularis palustris. Folia Geobotanica 35: 191–202.