Christoph Heibl

Dipl. Biol. Christoph Heibl

Systematic Botany
University of Munich (LMU)
Menzinger Str. 67
D-80638 Munich

Phone: +49-89-17861-228
Fax: +49-89-172638

CV (details)
Main research interest:

Systematics, biogeography and evolution of angiosperms in the southern Andes and the Atacama Desert of northern Chile
Current projects:
  • Revision of Oxalis sect. Caesiae, Carnosae, and Giganteae (Oxalidaceae, Oxalidales) (details)
  • Treatment of the Oxalidaceae for the "Flora de Chile"-project
  • Life form evolution of Oxalis in the Atacama Desert, Chile (details)
  • Evolution of the Atacama Desert flora: Insights from phylogeographic studies on Oxalis (details
  • Construction of a taxonomic key for the determinaton of all angiosperm families found in Chile (together with A. Marticorena, Universidad de Concepción)

I use Christoph Heibl and Christoph Heibl for a wide range of tasks and have developed some add-on packages:
  • LAGOPUS: Bayesian relaxed clock dating with the multidivtime- PAML-method

  • phyloch: A variety of tools for phylogenetic analyses in R. Depends on packages 'ape' and 'seqinr'.

  • haplo (Version 0.4 -- 19 Dec 2008): R package in a very early state of development. Do some functions expect to not work at all. The functions 'geneland2ascii' and 'plot.tcs' should work, though. Depends on packages 'ape' and 'phyloch'.

  • lab (Version 1.1.4 -- 09 Feb 2009): R package that connects to a postgreSQL database via the RdbiPgSQL package. The retrieved data can be fed into functions for labelling of DNA extractions, setting up PCR and sequencing reactions, doing ExoSAP cleaning of PCR products, and preparing electropherograms for analysis with the Sequencher software. Additionally, spatial data for genotypes can be prepared to be analysed in a straightforward way in methods like Mantel test, AMOVA, landscape genetics, and network-based methods.

  • bracketkey.sty: Publication-quality, fully hyperreferenced taxonomic bracket keys with LaTeX.

Diploma thesis

Heibl, C. 2005. Studies on the systematics, evolution and biogeography of Oxalis sections Caesiae, Carnosae, and Giganteae, endemic to the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Diploma thesis. University of Munich, Germany. pdf (23.7 MB!)


Heibl, C. Revision of Oxalis (Oxalidaceae) in Chile. Manuscript in preparation.

Heibl, C. & S.S. Renner. Climatic niche evolution of southern South American Oxalis section \textit{Alpinae}. Manuscript in preparation.

Heibl, C., G. Bahnweg & S.S. Renner. Arid-adapted Oxalis diversity predates environmental heterogeneity in the South American southern cone. Accepted with mayor revision for publication in Syst. Biol.

Jakob, S., C. Heibl, D. Rödder & F. Blattner. Population demography influences climatic niche evolution: evidence from South American Hordeum species (Poaceae). Accepted for publication in Mol. Ecol.

Gustavo Valenzuela-Dellarossa, H. Núnez, C. Heibl & J.C. Ortiz. 2010. Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae, Tachymenis Wiegmann, 1836: Latitudinal and altitudinal distribution extension in Chile. Check List 6: 5-6. pdf (295 KB)

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

Heibl, C. & C. Marticorena. 2008. Oxalis novemfoliolata, a new species of Oxalis sect. Carnosae endemic to the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Gayana Bot. pdf (236 KB)

Tollrian, R. & C. Heibl. 2004. Phenotypic plasticity in pigmentation in Daphnia induced by UV radiation and fish kairomones. Functional Ecology 18: 497-502. abstract

Poster presentations

Heibl, C. & S.S. Renner. 2009. Reconstruction of past climatic niches and growth form evolution in south-central Andean Oxalis. Niche evolution - a unifying concept for systematics, ecology, paleontology, and conservation biology. Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland. July 3-4, 2009.

Heibl, C. 2007. Growth form evolution in Mediterranean Oxalis - Maximum likelihood estimates of ancestral states. Origin and evolution of biota in Mediterranean Climate Zones. Institute of Sytematic Botany, Universtity of Zurich, Switzerland. July 14-15, 2007. pdf (2.2 MB)


Annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Systematische Biology, Naturhistorisches Museum Basel: Rain shadow and fog desert: Orogenic influences on the evolution of Oxalis in the coastal desert of Atacama, Chile. September 2005.