Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürg Schönenberger

Head of Division
4. floor, room 415
t: +43 (0)1 4277-540 80
m: juerg.schoenenberger@univie.ac.at

© Jürg Schönenberger

Research interests

Our primary research interests are in organismal evolution and phylogenetics of angiosperms. We have particular interests in the comparative analysis of floral structure and function, both of extant and of fossil angiosperms, the study of floral ontogeny, and the analysis of character evolution in a phylogenetic framework. We integrate results from comparative morphology, palaeobotany, and molecular phylogenetics in order to shed light onto the early evolution and diversification of the angiosperms and their flowers. Systematically, our current research focuses on the order Ericales. However, we am involved in a series of research projects in other phylogenetic lineages including Acanthaceae, Araceae, Malvaceae, Melastomataceae, and Orchidaceae). Three topics that we have become interested only more recently and that we hope to develop further in the coming years include pollination biology (particularly in the tropics), novel technical approaches to the study of floral structure (High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography) and modern theoretical approaches (morphospace analysis) for the analysis of plant evolution and diversity.


Current Courses


  • Stockholm Universität, Schweden
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden, California, USA

 Curriculum Vitae

Current position

  • 2009– Professor in Structural Botany

Education and scientific career

  • 2004–2009 Lecturer in Plant Systematics, Department of Botany, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 2007 Docent in Plant Systematics, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 2002–2004 Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
    Funded through a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • 2000–2002 Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1998–2000 Department of Palaeobotany, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1998 Dr. phil. (PhD) in Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1994 Diplom (MSc) in Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland


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Dellinger, A. S., Pérez-Barrales, R., Michelangeli, F. A., Penneys, D. S., Fernández-Fernández, D. M., & Schönenberger, J. (2021). Low bee visitation rates explain pollinator shifts to vertebrates in tropical mountains. New Phytologist, 231(2), 864-877. doi.org/10.1111/nph.17390



Dellinger, A. S., Artuso, S., Pamperl, S., Michelangeli, F. A., Penneys, D. S., Fernández-Fernández, D. M., Alvear, M., Almeda, F., Armbruster, W. S., Städler, Y., & Schönenberger, J. (2019). Modularity increases rate of floral evolution and adaptive success for functionally specialized pollination systems. Communications Biology, 2(1), [453]. doi.org/10.1038/s42003-019-0697-7

Vasconcelos, T. N. C., Chartier, M., Prenner, G., Martins, A. C., Schönenberger, J., Wingler, A., & Lucas, E. (2019). Floral uniformity through evolutionary time in a species-rich tree lineage. New Phytologist, 221(3), 1597-1608. doi.org/10.1111/nph.15453

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. doi.org/10.1111/nph.15468

Kellenberger, R. T., Byers, K. J. R. P., De Brito Francisco, R. M., Staedler, Y. M., LaFountain, A. M., Schönenberger, J., Schiestl, F. P., & Schlüter, P. M. (2019). Emergence of a floral colour polymorphism by pollinator-mediated overdominance. Nature Communications, 10(1), [63]. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07936-x

Etl, F., Brandauer, S. S., Brandauer, P., Prader, S., Neier, V., Dötterl, S., & Schönenberger, J. (2019). Flower visitors of Calathea lutea (Marantaceae): The role of the hummingbird Threnetes ruckeri. Acta ZooBot Austria , 156, 183-196.

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)

Damerval, C., Citerne, H., Conde e Silva, N., Deveaux, Y., Delannoy, E., Joets, J., Simonnet, F., Staedler, Y., Schönenberger, J., Yansouni, J., Le Guilloux, M., Sauquet, H., & Nadot, S. (2019). Unraveling the Developmental and Genetic Mechanisms Underpinning Floral Architecture in Proteaceae. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10, [18]. doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.00018

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