Ass.-Prof. Agnes Dellinger, BSc MSc PhD

Tenure Track Professor
3. floor, room 315
t: +43 (0)1 4277-540 61
m: agnes.dellinger@univie.ac.at

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Research interests


  • Buzz-pollination and pollinator shifts
  • Flower evolution and flower diversity
  • Diversification and macroevolutionary modelling
  • Plant-animal-environment interactions and population differentiation

My research is centered on exploring how biotic interaction processes such as plant-pollinator interactions change across variable environmental contexts (i.e., altitudinal gradients) and affect plant macro- and microevolution. Within this framework, I am particularly interested in understanding how flowers evolve and function, and when (i.e., under which abiotic and biotic environmental contexts?) and how (i.e., which traits?) they diversify. I am mostly working on the large (>5,800 spp.), pantropical plant family Melastomataceae, and spend much time conducting fieldwork with colleagues in the Latin American tropics. To answer my questions, I use a combination of experimental field and labwork, observations, phylogenomics, comparative morphological and phylogenetic analyses and statistical modelling.

After my postdoc at the University of Colorado Boulder working with Stacey Smith, I have recently returned to the University of Vienna to start my own lab. Check out my lab's website if you want to know more about our work!

 Teaching

Current Courses

 Curriculum Vitae

Current position

  • 2023/3– Tenure Track Professor

Education and scientific career

  • 2021/6–2023/2 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Colorado Boulder, USA, FWF-Project T 1186-B
  • 2020 Gertrud Pleskot Award
  • 2019/9–2021/6 University assistant (post doc) FWF-Project P 30669-B29
  • 2019 PhD Theses "Pollinator Shifts and Floral Evolution in Merianieae (Melastomataceae)"
  • 2017/10–2019/8 University assistant (prae doc) FWF-Project P 30669-B29
  • 2015–2017/09 University assistant (prae doc), PhD-student
  • 2014 Research associate at the Department for Botany and Biodiversity research (CVL, head: Stefan Dullinger)
  • 2010– Master programme in Community and Landscape Ecology (University of Vienna, Austria); 2010/2011 Erasmus exchange, University of Lund, Sweden
  • 2007–2010 Bachelor programme in Ecology (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • 1999–2007 Secondary School, Klosterneuburg, Austria

Publications


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2019


Dellinger, A. S., Chartier, M., Fernández-Fernández, D., Penneys, D. S., Alvear, M., Almeda, F., Michelangeli, F. A., Staedler, Y., Armbruster, W. S., & Schönenberger, J. (2019). Beyond buzz-pollination – departures from an adaptive plateau lead to new pollination syndromes. New Phytologist, 221(2), 1136-1149. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.15468

Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Fernandez-Fernandez, DM., Penneys, D., & Schönenberger, J. (2019). Foraging preferences of bees and birds – assessing the adaptive value of heteranthery in flowers of Merianieae (Melastomataceae). The 2019 Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Finland.

Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Pamperl, S., Michelangeli, FA., Penneys, D., Fernandez-Fernandez, DM., Armbruster, W. S., Städler, Y., Klingenberg, C., & Schönenberger, J. (2019). Is modularity the key to adaptive success? Testing alternative hypotheses on modularity in flowers of Merianieae (Melastomataceae). In Abstract Book GM Austria 2019 (pp. 13)

2018


Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Fernández-Fernández, D., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, FA., Alvear, M., Almeda, F., Städler, Y., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Floral trait convergence and functional differentiation concomitant with pollinator shifts in Merianieae (Melastomataceae). II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Montpellier, France.

Kirchheimer, B., Wessely, J., Gattringer, A., Hülber, K., Moser, D., Schinkel, C. C. F., Appelhans, M., Klatt, S., Caccianiga, M., Dellinger, A., Guisan, A., Kuttner, M., Lenoir, J., Maiorano, L., Nieto-Lugilde, D., Plutzar, C., Svenning, J. C., Willner, W., Hörandl, E., & Dullinger, S. (2018). Reconstructing geographical parthenogenesis: Effects of niche differentiation and reproductive mode on Holocene range expansion of an alpine plant. Ecology Letters, 21(3), 392-401. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12908

Dellinger, A., Scheer, L. M., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., Tenhaken, R., Dötterl, S., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Beyond pollination syndromes: disentangling complex vertebrate pollination systems in the genus Meriania (Melastomataceae). In XI International Symposium on Pollination: Abstracts

Dellinger, A., Scheer, L. M., Artuso, S., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., Sornoza, F., Tenhaken, R., Dötterl, S., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Beyond pollination syndromes: disentangling complex vertebrate pollination systems in the genus Meriania (Melastomataceae). In PopBio 2018: 31st Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ): Abstracts

Dellinger, A., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Artuso, S., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, F. A., Alvear, M., Almeda, F., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Cambios de polinizadores resultan en la reconstrucción de la flor. In XII Latin American Botanical Congress (LABC): Abstracts

Dellinger, A., Paun, O., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Impact of pollinator shifts on mating systems and population genetic diversity in a Neotropical plant group. In European Conference of Tropical Ecology, Annual Meeting of the society for Tropical Ecology (GTÖ): Challenges in Tropical Ecology and Conservation - Global Perspectives [S15-002]

Dellinger, A., Paun, O., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., & Schönenberger, J. (2018). Population genetics as a tool for measuring connectivity in tropical plants – a case study from South American mountains. 34. Jahrestagung Lateinamerikaforschung Austria, Strobl am Wolfgangsee, Austria.

2017


Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Fernandez-Fernandez, D., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, F. A., Alvear, M., Almeda, F., Städler, Y., & Schönenberger, J. (2017). Bees, birds, bats - and mice? Pollination syndromes and floral traits in Merianieae (Melastomataceae). In IBC 2017, Abstract Book I: Oral Presentations (pp. 59). [T1-18-06]

Dellinger, A., Artuso, S., Fernandez-Fernandez, D., Penneys, D. S., Michelangeli, F. A., Alvear, M., Almeda, F., Städler, Y., & Schönenberger, J. (2017). Functional differentiation and floral trait convergence in accordance with pollinator shifts in Merianieae (Melastomataceae). In IBC 2017, Abstract Book I: Oral Presentations (pp. 205). [T2-37-05]

Dellinger, A., Paun, O., Fernandez-Fernandez, D. M., Penneys, D. S., & Schönenberger, J. (2017). Impact of pollinator shifts on mating systems and population genetic diversity in a Neotropical plant group. In Population Biology in a Changing World. 30th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland - GfÖ: Abstracts (pp. 31)

2016


Dellinger, A., Essl, F., Hojsgaard, D., Kirchheimer, B., Klatt, S., Dawson, W., Pergl, J., Pysek, P., Van Kleunen, M., Weber, E., Winter, M., Hörandl, E., & Dullinger, S. (2016). Niche dynamics of alien species do not differ among sexual and apomictic flowering plants. New Phytologist, 209(3), 1313-1323. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.13694

2015


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Dellinger, A. (2013). Floral Structure and Pollination Biology of Axinaea (Melastomataceae). Master thesis,  Universität Wien, Wien. PDF available at: othes.univie.ac.at/28151/


Dellinger, A., & Berger, A. (2009). Vergesellschaftung, Habitatspezifität und pflanzensoziologische Bewertung der Vorkommen von Trifolium saxatile im Schalftal, Ötztaler Alpen, Tirol. Verh. zool.-bot. Ges., 146, 125-138. (Bachelorarbeit)