Sandra Kahl - PhD Student

Sandra Kahl
Photo: Dorit Siebert


University of Potsdam 

Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany
Maulbeerallee 1
14469 Potsdam, Germany 

Fax: 0049 (0)331 / 977-4865


Sandra Kahl
Photo: Dorit Siebert

Research interests:

Current climate change will be one of the greatest challenges for the majority of living organisms in the near future. Plants already respond to the altered climatic conditions through phenotypic changes. In my PhD thesis I am dealing with plant adaptive responses to current climate change using the model organism Silene vulgaris. Using classical ecological experiments and genetic analysis of quantitative trait loci (QTL) I aim at determining the adaptation potential of Silene vulgaris and identifying genome regions that underlie adaptive morphological traits. The results will contribute to answer the question if locally adaptive individuals can endure changing climatic conditions or go extinct.


Msc Ecology, 2014, University of Potsdam
BSc Biology, 2011, Freie Universität Berlin


May 2017:           30th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)

September 2016:   46th Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ)

September 2014: 11th European Foundation for Plant Pathology (EFPP) conference


Kahl, S. M., Lenhard, M., & Joshi, J. (2019). Compensatory mechanisms to climate change in the widely distributed species Silene vulgaris. Journal of Ecology107(4), 1918-1930.

Zwickel, T., Kahl, S. M., Rychlik, M., and Müller, M. E. H. (2018). Chemotaxonomy of Mycotoxigenic Small-Spored Alternaria Fungi – Do Multitoxin Mixtures Act as an Indicator for Species Differentiation? Frontiers in Microbiology 9. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.01368.

Kahl, S. M., Ulrich, A., Kirichenko, A. A., and Müller, M. E. H. (2015). Phenotypic and phylogenetic segregation of Alternaria infectoria from small-spored Alternaria species isolated from wheat in Germany and Russia. Journal of Applied Microbiology 119, 1637–1650. doi:10.1111/jam.12951.

Zwickel, T., Kahl, S., Klaffke, H., Rychlik, M., and Müller, M. (2016). Spotlight on the Underdogs—An Analysis of Underrepresented Alternaria Mycotoxins Formed Depending on Varying Substrate, Time and Temperature Conditions. Toxins 8, 344. doi:10.3390/toxins8110344.

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