Professional website - Marc Stift

Evolution and ecology

Keywords: self-incompatibility, mating system evolution, self-fertilization, invasive species, autopolyploids

Gentiana asclepiadea (willow gentian)

I am an evolutionary geneticist/ecologist/biologist, currently working at the University of Konstanz in the group of Prof Dr. Mark van Kleunen. Mating system evolution (loss of self-incompatibility) and polyploidy have been important themes in my research, but my broad interests also include the evolution of competitive ability and allelopathy in invasive species, and epigenetic inheritance. I work and have worked with a variety of study species, currently mainly including Arabidopsis lyrata and Arabis alpina. Other species I work with or have worked with recently are Brassica nigra, Mimulus guttatus, Solidago canadensis and S. gigantea, Gentiana asclepiadea


2011-present - Junior Group Leader, University of Konstanz.


2010-2011 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO), Plant Evolution group (PI: Harald Meimberg)


2007-2010 - Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (DEEB), PI: Barbara Mable

Arabis alpina flower comparison of self-incompatible from outcrossing population (left) vs. self-compatible from selfing population (right).

Arabidopsis lyrata visited by a hoverfly (Syrphidae)

The latest news:

May 2020 - Accepted to American Journal of Botany

ALLELOPATHIC EFFECTS OF BRASSICA NIGRA IN BOTH ITS NATIVE AND INVADED RANGES DO NOT SUPPORT THE NOVEL WEAPONS HYPOTHESIS.

Banner photo captions (left to right):

Vila do Conde (2011), Hiking in Toggenburg area (2015), View on Wildhaus and Alt Sankt Johann from Gamsalp, Phengaris (Maculinea) alcon rebeli, Mountain Alcon Blue in the process of laying eggs on its host plant Gentiana asclepiadea, Mimulus guttatus (Erythrante guttata), View on Chaeserugg from the back-drop of the Gamserugg (Toggenburg area)

From the archive:

Portugal 2011: Aegilops cylindrica and bread wheat experiment

Left: setting up the experiment with Diana Ferreira, Marcos Nogueira, Katya Mamonova

Right: Ae. cylindrica competing with bread wheat under control (greener plants) and drought conditions (brownish plants)