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Lehrstuhl Pflanzensystematik: Arbeitsgruppe Angiospermen - Prof. Dr. Sigrid Liede-Schumann

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Nicolai M. NürkDr.

Nicolai M. Nürk

Akademischer Rat a.Z.

Telefon: +49(0)921-55 2466
Fax: +49(0)921-55 2786
Raum: NW I, 7.0 00.33
e-Mail: nuerk(at)uni-bayreuth.de



My research focuses on plant systematics and diversity; the multitude of forms and functions which evolved on earth. I’m particularly interested in the unevenness of species richness and the extent to which diversity varies between biomes. As such, I use comparative phylogenetics and the Hypericum genus as a model to study biodiversity hotspots and the evolutionary dynamics of species diversification in South American high Andean cloud grasslands. 

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Páramo Cumbal Colombia

2017 Postdoc, Plant Systematics, University of Bayreuth

2016 Postdoc, Systematic & Evolutionary Biology, University of Zürich (DFG NU 292/2)

2012 Postdoc, Biodiversity & Plant Systematics, University of Heidelberg (DFG NU 292/1)

2011 PhD, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Research (IPK) Gatersleben

2007 Diploma Biology, FU Berlin                                                 




  • Andean HYPEVOL | Evolution of Hypericum in South America (DFG)
  • Island & sky-island plant radiations – same same but different?
  • Ecology and distance effects on biogeographic history in Erica 
  • Phylogenomics and a clade-based classification of Hypericum
  • Hypericum online (explore)
  • see also my page at BayCEER




Sky Islands: A time travel of the Andes Mountains

Plants Are Cool, Too: Fossilized Forests!

Travels in the Great Tree of Life (Yale University)




Some publications

Nürk NM, Michling F & Linder P (2018). Are the radiations of temperate lineages in tropic-alpine ecosystems pre-adapted? Glob Ecol Biogeogr 27(1): 334–345 (doi)

Pirie MD, Kandziora M, Nürk NM, Le Maitre NC, de Kuppler M, Gehrke B, Oliver EGH & Bellstedt DU (2018). Leaps and bounds: geographical and ecological distance constrained the colonisation of the Afrotemperate by Erica

Scheriau C, Nürk NM, Sharbel TF & Koch MA (2017). Cryptic gene pools in the Hypericum perforatum—H. maculatum complex: diploid persistence versus trapped polyploid melting. Ann Bot 120(6): 955–966 (doi)

Grosse-Veldmann B, Nürk NM, Smissen R, Breitwieser I, Quandt D & Weigend M (2016). Pulling the sting out of nettle systematics – A comprehensive phylogeny of the genus Urtica L. (Urticaceae). Mol Phyl Evol 102(1): 9–19 (doi, pdf)

Nürk NM, Uribe-Convers S, Gehrke B, Tank DC & Blattner FR (2015). Oligocene niche shift, Miocene diversification – Cold tolerance and accelerated speciation rates in the St. John’s Worts (Hypericum, Hypericaceae). BMC Evol Biol  15:80 (doi)

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I see my role as an instructor mainly in supporting students’ own understanding of systems behind the processes encountered in evolution. Courses offered include introduction to the major plant groups and their evolutionary relationships, plant identification, and applied research courses.

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