Short CV/Education and training

  • 1980
    Diplom degree (M.Sc.) in biology, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 1981 – 1983
    Research associate, Botanical Institute, University of Hamburg

  • 1984
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Hamburg

  • 1984 – 1985
    Visiting researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) in Manaus, and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., USA; German Research Foundation (DFG) grant

  • 1985 – 1987
    Postdoctoral fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA

  • 1987 – 1992
    Chair, Botanical Institute, University of Aarhus, Denmark

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in Botanical Systematics, University of Hamburg

  • 1993 – 1996
    C3 professor, Institute for Systematic Botany, University of Mainz, Germany

  • 1996 – 2006
    Full professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis, MO, USA

  • Since 1996
    Teaching faculty, The Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO 63166-0299, USA

  • Since 2003
    C4 professor and chair, LMU Munich, Germany; Director of the Botanical Gardens of Munich, Director of the Herbaria in Munich

Selected publications

  • Renner, S.S., Ricklefs, R.E.: Dioecy and its correlates in the flowering plants. In: American Journal of Botany 82(5), 1995. S. 596-606.

  • Renner, S.S.: Circumscription and phylogeny of the Laurales: evidence from molecular and morphological data. In: American Journal of Botany 86(9), 1999. S. 1301-1315.

  • Won, H., Renner, S.S.: Horizontal gene transfer from flowering plants to Gnetum. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 100, 2003. S. 10824-10829.

  • Borchert, R. et al.: Photoperiodic induction of synchronous flowering near the equator. In: Nature 433, 2005. S. 627-629.

  • Renner, S.S., Clausing, G., Meyer, K.: Historical biogeography of Melastomataceae: the roles of Tertiary migration and long-distance dispersal. In: American Journal of Botany 88(7), 2001. S. 1290-1300.

  • Sebastian, P.M. et al.: Cucumber and melon have their wild progenitors in India, and the sister species of Cucumis melo is from Australia. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(32), 2010. S. 14269-14273.

  • Renner, S.S. et al.: Biogeography of the Monimiaceae (Laurales): A role for East Gondwana and long distance dispersal, but not West Gondwana. In: Journal of Biogeography 37(7), 2010. S. 1227-1238.

  • Renner, S.S., Schaefer, H.: The evolution and loss of oil-offering flowers - new insights from dated phylogenies for plants and bees. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London 365, 2010. S. 423-435.

  • Schaefer, H., Heibl, C., Renner, S.S.: Gourds afloat: A dated phylogeny reveals an Asian origin of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae) and numerous oversea dispersal events. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276, 2009. S. 843-851.

  • Renner, S.S., Hausner, G.: Siparunaceae. In: Flora Neotropica 95, 2005. S. 1-256.


Selected projects

  • Organisation and symposium leader, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1991

  • University of San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 1993

  • University of California San Diego, August 1995

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 2002

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected vice president of the Society of Systematic Biologists, since 2011

  • Elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2009

  • Elected member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, since 2009

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) reviewer in plant sciences, 2008 – 2012

  • Elected council member, Society for Systematic Biology, 2007 – 2009

  • Evaluation panel: Biological Research at Uppsala University, Sweden, 2007

  • Member of the NESCENT working group on Phytogeography of the Northern Hemisphere, Duke University, NC, USA, PIs M. Donoghue and P. Manos, 2006 – 2009

  • Elected foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, since 2005

  • National Science Foundation, Systematic Biology, advisory board member, Washington, D.C., USA, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005

  • Leader, Tropical Biology Section of the Botanical Society of America, 1999 – 2002

  • Advisory board member, Association for Tropical Biology (ATB), 1995 – 1996

Additional qualifications

  • Member of the editorial board of Taxon, since 2006

  • Member of the editorial board, Systematic Biology (2008 IF 7.883), 2006 – 2010

  • Member of the editorial board, Plant Biology, 2004 – 2005

  • Member of the editorial board, American Naturalist (2006 IF 4.660), 2002 – 2009

  • Member of the editorial board, Journal of Plant Research, Tokyo, 1998 – 2005


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