Our research and teaching are deeply rooted in organismal biology, i.e. the study of structure, function, and evolution at the level of the organism. We focus on questions of plant diversity – How have key structural features such as the angiosperm flower evolved? How is morphological diversity distributed among taxa? How are different structural features correlated with one another? Why are certain morphologies common and have evolved repeatedly while others are rare? We address these and related questions across a broad range of taxa and apply state-of-the art techniques as well as novel theoretical approaches to answer them.


Online-article at the University of Vienna: "How flowers adapt to their pollinators"

Recent Publications 2019-2021

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Wedmann, S., Hörnschemeyer, T., Engel, M. S., Zetter, R., & Grimsson, F. (2021). The last meal of an Eocene pollen-feeding fly. Current Biology, 31, 2020-2026. doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.02.025

Grimsson, F., Denk, T., & Zetter, R. (2021). Cenozoic Vegetation and Phytogeography of the Sub-arctic North Atlantic. In E. Panagiotakopulu, & J. P. Sadler (Eds.), Biogeography in the Sub‐Arctic: The Past and Future of North Atlantic Biota (First Edition ed., pp. 29-49). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.. doi.org/10.1002/9781118561461.ch2

Grimsson, F., Ulrich, S., Coiro, M., Graham, S. A., Jacobs, B. F., Currano, E. D., Xafis, A., & Zetter, R. (2021). Hagenia from the early Miocene of Ethiopia: Evidence for possible niche evolution? Ecology and Evolution, 11(10), 5164-5186. doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7408

Dellinger, A. S., Pérez-Barrales, R., Michelangeli, F. A., Penneys, D. S., Fernández-Fernández, D. M., & Schönenberger, J. (Accepted/In press). Low bee visitation rates explain pollinator shifts to vertebrates in tropical mountains. New Phytologist, n/a(n/a). doi.org/10.1111/nph.17390

Pokorny, R., Fialová, V., Grimsson, F., & Koutecky, V. (2021). Mineral Resources in Iceland: Coal mining. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Quan, Y., Ahmed, S. A., Menezes da Silva, N., Al-Hatmi, A. M. S., Mayer, V., Deng, S., Kang, Y., Sybren de Hoog, G., & Shi, D. (2021). Novel black yeast-like species in chaetothyriales with ant-associated life styles. Fungal Biology, 125(4), 276-284. doi.org/10.1016/j.funbio.2020.11.006


Huang, H., Morley, R., Licht, A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Grimsson, F., Zetter, R., Westerweel, J., Win, Z., Aung, D. W., & Hoorn, C. (2020). Eocene palms from central Myanmar in a South-East Asian and global perspective: evidence from the palynological record. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 194(2), 177-206. doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boaa038

Currano, E. D., Jacobs, B. F., Bush, R. T., Novello, A., Feseha, M., Grimsson, F., McInerney, F. A., Michel, L. A., Pan, A. D., Phelps, S. R., Polissar, P., Strömberg, C. A. E., & Tabor, N. J. (2020). Ecological dynamic equilibrium in an early Miocene (21.73 Ma) forest, Ethiopia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 539, [109425]. doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.109425

Martinetto, E., Boonchai, N., Grimsson, F., Grote, P. J., Jordan, G., Kovácová, M., Kunzmann, L., Kvaček, Z., Liu, C. Y-S., Momohara, A., Huang, Y-J., Palazzesi, L., Pole, M., & Salzmann, U. (2020). Triumph and Fall of the Wet, Warm, and Never-More-Diverse Temperate Forests (Oligocene-Pliocene). In Nature Through Time: Virtual Field Trips Through the Nature of the Past (pp. 55-81). Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-35058-1_2


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