Short CV/Education and training


  • 2002 – 2008
    Research associate at the Institute of Systemic Botany, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

  • 2009 – 2010
    Postdoc in the Systemic Botany research group under Prof. V. Wissemann, Giessen University, Germany

  • since 2010
    Head of the section Phanerogams II; Museum of  Natural History Görlitz, Germany


  • 1996 – 2002
    Studied biology at the Dresden University of Technology, Germany; botany (major subject), genetics and soil science (minor subjects), external Diplom thesis under the aegis of the Institute of Systemic Botany, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, titled "Molecular, morphological and anatomical investigations on the phylogeny of the Meleuphorbia-complex of the genus Euphorbia L."

  • 2002 – 2005
    Doctoral studies on the evolution of dog roses (Rosa L. sect. Caninae (DC.) Ser.) at the Institute of Systemic Botany, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Selected publications

  • Herklotz, V., Ritz, C.M. (2017) Multiple and asymmetric origin of polyploid dogrose hybrids (Rosa L. sect. Caninae (DC.) Ser.) involving unreduced gametes. Annals of Botany 120: 209-220.

  • Jäger, E.J., Müller, F., Ritz, C.M., Welk, E. & Wesche, K. (2017) Rothmaler – Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Gefäßpflanzen: Atlasband, 13. edn. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg.

  • Ritz, C.M., Reiker, J., Charles, G., Hoxey, P., Hunt, D.R., Lowry, M., Stuppy, W., Taylor, N. (2012) Molecular phylogeny and character evolution in terete-stemmed Andean opuntias (Cactaceae − Opuntioideae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 668-681.

  • Ritz, C.M., Köhnen, I., Groth, M., Theißen. G, Wissemann, V. (2011) To be or not to be the odd one out – Allele-specific transcription in pentaploid dogroses (Rosa L. sect. Caninae (DC.) Ser). BMC Plant Biology 11: 37.

  • Ritz, C. M., Martins, L. Mecklenburg, R., Goremykin, V., Hellwig, F. H. (2007) The molecular phylogeny of Rebutia (Cactaceae) and its allies demonstrates the influence of paleogeography on the evolution of South American mountain cacti. American Journal of Botany 94 (8):1321-1332.

  • Ritz, C.M., Schmuths H. & Wissemann, V. (2005) Evolution by reticulation: European dogroses originated by multiple hybridization across the genus Rosa. Journal of Heredity. 96 (1): 4-14.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Evolution and genetics of roses

  • Online portal of taxa critical for the identification of German flora, in conjunction with Senckenberg Frankfurt and the Herbarium Hausknecht in Jena

  • Co-editor of Exkursionsflora von Deutschland (Flora of Germany), published by Rothmaler

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected member of the Science Committee of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Nature Research Society)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Three children, born in 2004, 2008, 2012 (parental leave in 2004, 2008, 2012)


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