Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wittig

Institute of Ecology, Evolution & Diversity, Department of Ecology and Geobotany
Max-von-Laue-Str. 13, D-60438 Frankfurt am Main

Room: C 1.314 (Anm.)
Phone: 069 / 798 - 42132
Fax: 069 / 798 - 42131
E-Mail: r.wittig (at)

Main research subjects

Main research subjects are the change of flora, vegetation and habitats, particularly in Hesse, Nordrhine-Westfalia, Burkina Faso and Benin. Within this general fields of interest the following focuses exist:

  • urban ecology, village ecology;
  • Ecology of endangered species, plant communities and habitats;
  • Neophytes, invasive species;
  • Flora and vegetation of low mountainous regions;
  • Vegetation of the westafrican savanna.


Summer-semester | Winter-semester (see Teaching )

Scientific career


Studies of Biology und Chemistry at the University of Münster.


PhD at the Institute of Botany of the University of Münster.


Habilitation at the chair of landscape ecology of the University of Münster (the protected moors and oligotrophic waters of the Westphalian Bight - flora, vegetation, efficiency of conservation and management recommendations).


Professor for Geobotany and head of the newly founded Department of Geobotany at the Institute of Ecological Plant Physiology of the University of Düsseldorf.

since 1988

Chair of Ecology and Geobotany and head of the newly founded department of Ecology and Geobotany at the former botanical Institute, now Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity of the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main.

Membership | functions

  • Member of the BikF (Biodiversity and Climate Research Center) executive committee since its foundation
  • Vice dean of the faculty of biosciences (1.10.1997 – 30.09.1998 and 1.10.2007 - 30.09.2008)
  • Dean of the faculty of biosciences (1.10.1996 – 30.09.1997 and 01.10.2005 - 30.09.2007)
  • Member of the directorate of ZIAF (Center for interdisciplinary African Studies)
  • Member of the "Akademie für Ökologische Landesforschung"
  • Member of the "Hessische Akademie der Forschung und Planung im ländlichen Raum"
  • Member of DIVERSITAS Germany advisory board (since its foundation until 30.11.2010)
  • Member of ten different scientific societies
  • Member of the Competence Network of Urban Ecology (CONTUREC) since its foundation
  • Editor of the series "Geobotanische Kolloquien" and "Flora et Vegetatio Sudano-Sambesica" (former "Etudes sur la flore et la végétation du Burkina Faso et des pays avoisinants"), Co-editor of Acta Biologica Benrodis
  • Member of the Advisory/Editorial-Board of Braun-Blanquetia, "Berichte der RTG", Fitosoziologia, Tuexenia


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