Silvia Eckert - PhD Student

Silvia Eckert
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University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research | Systematic Botany
Maulbeerallee 1 (2nd floor, room: 2.02)
14469 Potsdam , Germany

Phone: +49 331 977 4869
E-Mail: silvia.eckertuni-potsdamde


Silvia Eckert
Foto: private

Research Interests

• Rapid adaptation of invasive plant species
• Ecological impacts on cytosine methylation patterns
• Impacts of urbanization on plants


  • Herden J and Eckert S, Stift M, Joshi J, van Kleunen M (2019). No evidence for local adaptation and an epigenetic underpinning in native and non‐native ruderal plant species in Germany. In: Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5325
  • Fortuna TM, Eckert S, Harvey JA, Vet LEM, Müller C, Gols R (2014). Variation in plant defences among populations of a range-expanding plant: consequences for trophic interactions. In: New Phytologist 204(4): 989 – 999. DOI: 10.1111/nph.12983

Teaching Experience

• 2016 – 2018: organizing and teaching in the undergraduate course “Grundlagen
ökologischen Arbeitens” at the University of Potsdam
• 2018: Science Communication Program at the Potsdam Graduate School (PoGS)
• 2016 – 2017: International Teaching Professionals Program at the PoGS
• 2015: organizing a stats club for PhDs and students at the campus Maulbeerallee of the
University of Potsdam
• 2011 – 2014: assisting in study practicals during undergraduate and postgraduate studies at
the University of Bielefeld

Supervised Theses

Tomowski, M. (Master of Science, 2018). The role of epigenetics in local adaptation to herbivores and pathogens in two invasive Solidago species.


2017-2018: PoGS PhD representive (together with Anna Finzel and Brit-Maren Schjeide)