Michaela Sonnleitner

taxonomic coordination – ABOL

  • Since 2015-04 “ABOL – Austrian Barcode of Life”

  • 02/2012 – 03/2015 Project employment „Global Plants Initiative“ (NHM Vienna) at the herbarium of the University of Vienna (WU)

  • 06/2008 – 02/2012 FWF project „Origin and maintenance of cytotype variation in populations“ (University of Vienna)


  • 10/2008 – 11/2017 Doctoral thesis in Botany (University of Vienna); titel of dissertation: „Mechanisms of cytotype coexistence in the autopolyploid complex of Senecio carniolicus Willd. (syn. Jacobaea carniolica, Asteraceae)“ under supervision of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Schönswetter (Univ. Innsbruck) and Dr. Karl Hülber (Univ. Vienna)

  • 10/2001 – 10/2008 Study of Biology (Ecology with focus on vegetation ecology), University of Vienna                       
    Diploma thesis: „Ecology and diversity of epiphyllous bryophytes in the understorey of the Esquinas Rainforest, Costa Rica” (Univ. Vienna; fieldwork in Costa Rica; study visit in Göttingen, Germany)

Professional History

  • Since 04/2015 Project employment „ABOL – Austrian Barcode of Life“ (NHM Wien)                                                 
    Since 2017-11 taxonomic coordination

  • 05/2016 – 02/2018 Project administration „Grundlagen Rote Liste gefährdeter Farn- und Blütenpflanzen Österreichs“ (EU/BMLFUW-Projekt, Ländliche Entwicklung) (University of Vienna)

  • 02/2012 – 03/2015 Project employment „Global Plants Initiative“ (NHM Vienna) at the herbarium of the University of Vienna (WU)

Original papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals

HÜLBER K., SONNLEITNER M., HAIDER J., SCHWENTENWEIN M., WINKLER M., SCHNEEWEISS G.M., SCHÖNSWETTER P. (submitted): Reciprocal transplantations reveal strong niche differentiation among ploidy-differentiated constituents of the Senecio carniolicus aggregate (Asteraceae) in the easternmost Alps. Alpine Botany

SONNLEITNER M., HÜLBER K., FLATSCHER R., ESCOBAR GARCÍA P., WINKLER M., SUDA J., SCHÖNSWETTER P., SCHNEEWEISS G.M. (2016): Ecological differentiation of diploid and polyploid cytotypes of Senecio carniolicus s.l. (Asteraceae) is stronger in areas of sympatry. Annals of Botany 117: 269–276.

FLATSCHER R., ESCOBAR GARCÍA P., HÜLBER K., SONNLEITNER M., WINKLER M., SAUKEL J., SCHNEEWEISS G.M., SCHÖNSWETTER P. (2015): Underestimated diversity in one of the world's best studied mountain ranges: The polyploid complex of Senecio carniolicus (Asteraceae) contains four species in the European Alps.Phytotaxa 213: 1–21.

HÜLBER K., SONNLEITNER M., SUDA J., KREJICIKOVÁ J., SCHÖNSWETTER P., SCHNEEWEISS G., WINKLER M. (2015): Ecological differentiation, lack of hybrids involving diploids, and asymmetric gene flow between polyploids in narrow contact zones of Senecio carniolicus (syn. Jacobaea carnicolia, Asteraceae). Ecology and Evolution5:1224–1234.

SONNLEITNER M., WEIS B., FLATSCHER R., ESCOBAR GARCÍA P., SUDA J., KREJČIKOVÁ J., SCHNEEWEISS G.M., WINKLER M., SCHÖNSWETTER P., HÜLBER K. (2013): Parental ploidy strongly affects offspring fitness in heteroploid crosses among three cytotypes of autopolyploidJacobaea carniolica(Asteraceae). PLoS ONE:e78959.

ESCOBAR GARCÍA P., WINKLER M., FLATSCHER R., SONNLEITNER M., KREJČÍKOVÁ J., SUDA J., HÜLBER M., SCHNEEWEISS G.M., SCHÖNSWETTER P.(2012): Extensive range persistence in peripheral and interior refugia characterizes Pleistocene range dynamics in a widespread Alpine plant species (Senecio carniolicus, Asteraceae). Molecular Ecology 21: 1255–1270.

SONNLEITNER M., FLATSCHER R., ESCOBAR GARCÍA P., RAUCHOVÁ J., SUDA J, SCHNEEWEISS G.M., HÜLBER K., SCHÖNSWETTER P. (2010): Distribution and habitat segregation on different spatial scales among diploid, tetraploid and hexaploid cytotypes of Senecio carniolicus (Asteraceae) in the Eastern Alps. Annals of Botany 106: 967–977.

HÜLBER K., SONNLEITNER M., FLATSCHER R., BERGER A., DOBROVSKY R., NIESSER S., NIGL T., SCHNEEWEISS G.M., KUBEŠOVÁ M., RAUCHOVÁ J., SUDA J., SCHÖNSWETTER P. (2009): Ecological segregation drives fine-scale cytotype distribution of Senecio carniolicus in the Eastern Alps. Preslia 81: 309–319.

SONNLEITNER M., DULLINGER S., WANEK W., ZECHMEISTER H.(2009): Microclimatic pattern correlate with the distribution of epiphyllous bryophytes in a tropical lowland forest, Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 25: 321–330.

SCHÖNSWETTER P., LACHMAYER M., LETTNER C., PREHSLER D., RECHNITZER S., REICH D.S., SONNLEITNER M., WAGNER I., HÜLBER K., SCHNEEWEISS G.M., TRAVNICEK P., SUDA J. (2007): Sympatric diploid and hexaploid cytotypes of Senecio carniolicus (Asteraceae) in the Eastern Alps are separated along an altitudinal gradient. Journal of Plant Research 120: 721–725.

Popular science articles

SATTMANN H., SZUCSICH N., SONNLEITNER M., HARING E. (2017): ABOL und die Wunderlampe. Umwelt & Energie 02: 34–35.

Austrian Barcode of Life - Qualität und Aktualität unseres Wissensstandes zur Biodiversität in Österreich. Natur und Landschaft. 91: 578–579.

Central Research Laboratories

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