Environmental Genomics Lab

The Environmental Genomics group is a joint initiative between the Max Planck Society, the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel and the State of Schleswig-Holstein. The group is headed by Eva H Stukenbrock and consists of two teams, one working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and the other at the Botanical Institute of the University of Kiel.

Research in the group focuses on different aspects of fungal evolution. The group integrates experimental, molecular and computational approaches to study adaptation and population genetics in plant pathogenic fungi and plant-associated microbes.

canoe trip July 2018


Eva Stukenbrock is now a Fellow in CIFAR's “Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities” research program in Canada. Please see the program website and this press release for more information.

On the 23rd of August 2019, Janine Haueisen visited the Förderzentrum “Pestalozzi” in Weißenfels for a project day that aimed to bring pupils with learning difficulties in contact with research and scientists. Together with classes 8 a and 8 b and their teachers Carola Haueisen and Andrea Wenzel, Janine made microbes that live on our hands, on plants and on classroom supplies visible using plates and microscopy.

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Janine and the teachers Andrea Wenzel and Carola Haueisen looking at the various microbes on the plates.

Interested in ancient DNA and the history of domesticated crops? Consider joining us for a postdoc on prehistoric cereals! The application deadline is the 20th of September. See this document for more details.

We are looking for a new postdoc! If you’re interested in molecular interactions between plants and microbes, please join us! The applicaiton deadline is the 5th of September. See this document for more details.

Interested in a Ph.D. on the evolution of plant pathogens? Consider applying for the Research Training School “Translational Evolutionary Research” and working with us! Please see here and here for more information.

We want to congratulate Christoph Eschenbrenner on defending his Ph.D. the 24th of June!

The Kiel Plant Center is hiring a new coordinator! If you’re interested in working in support for plant sciences, please see this job announcement (in German). Contact estukenbrock [at] bot.uni-kiel.de for more information.

Our group has a new open-access perspective out in BIOspektrum, discussing plant-microbial interactions. You can find it here (in German).

Michael Habig and his coauthors have a recent paper in eLife! Please see a press release from Christian-Albrechts-Universität here (in German).

Big congratulations to Ekaterina Reim, who won the Helmut Erbersdobler award for her MSc thesis on Zymoseptoria tritici metabolomics!


We have an open position for a Ph.D. project on The Meiotic Drive of Supernumary Chromosomes. See here for more information.

On the 17th of November, 2018, Doreen Landermann and Conny Burghardt represented the MPI for Evolutionary Biology in Plön at the Schiffsthalschule, Plön, where they told interested students about vocational training at the MPI. Thank you for representing our work for these young people!

Foto Conny&Doreen

Heike Seybold and Janine Haueisen represented the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology during Max-Planck Day on the 14th of September, 2018!  Heike presented her work at the Herderschule and Janine prestented her work at the Gymnasium Kronwerk, both in Schleswig-Holstein. See this news story for more information!


Photo: Becker/Landeszeitung

We also had a wonderful response from visitors to the MPI in Plön on Max-Planck Day!


Photo: Christina Kloodt

We want to congratulate Mareike Möller on defending her Ph.D. the 6th of July!

We want to congratulate Janine Haueisen on defending her Ph.D. on the 9th of March!

If you are interested in a BSc or MSc thesis please visit this page

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