Christian Lampei


Crop Plant Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics Group (350b)
Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics
University of Hohenheim
Fruwirthstrasse 21, Room 0.25
D-70599 Stuttgart

Phone: +49-711-459 24437

Research interest

Phenotypic and genomic population divergence along gradients of environmental factors is at the heart of plant population biology and the main focus of my research. I seek to understand the mechanisms leading to locally adapted populations, taking both phenotypic and genomic approaches. Especially, I am interested in the contribution of complex life-history-traits, such as bet-hedging and parental or grandparental environmental effects.

For my investigations I combine tools from vegetation ecology (manipulative experiments, common gardens, transplanting) and tools from population genetics (available SNPs, next generation sequencing, methylome sequencing).

Education and experience

1999-2005   Degree in Biology at University Mainz (Germany) and (2001-2002) University Lund (Sweden)

2005-2010   PhD with Prof. K. Tielbörger at University Tübingen (Germany), including extended fieldwork visits to the lab of Prof. Jaim Kigel (University of Jerusalem, Israel)

2010-2013   Postdoc in the ESF-EUROCORES project “Ecological and evolutionary plant epigenetics“ (EpiCol) with Prof. K. J. Schmid at University Hohenheim (Germany)

Current employment

2013-present   Research associate in the research group "Crop Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics" of Prof. K. J. Schmid at University of Hohenheim (Germany)



  • Richards CL, Alonso C, Becker C, Bossdorf O, Bucher E, Colome-Tatche M, Durka W, Engelhardt J, Gaspar B, Gogol-Doring A,...Lampei C, et al. 2017. Ecological plant epigenetics: Evidence from model and non-model species, and the way forward. bioRxiv

Peer reviewed articles

  • Groot MP, Kubisch A, Ouborg NJ, Pagel J, Schmid KJ, Vergeer P, Lampei C (2017) Transgenerational effects of mild heat in Arabidopsis thaliana show strong genotype specificity that is explained by climate at origin. New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.14642, PDF

  • Lampei C, Metz J and Tielbörger K (2017), Clinal population divergence in an adaptive parental environmental effect that adjusts seed banking. New Phytologist, 214:1230-1244. doi:10.1111/nph.14436, PDF

  • Günther T*, Lampei C* , Barilar I, Schmid KJ (2016). Genomic and phenotypic differentiation of Arabidopsis thaliana along altitudinal gradients in the North Italian Alps. Molecular Ecology, 25:3574–3592.doi:10.1111/mec.13705, preprint

  • Yousef AA*, Lampei C* and Schmid KJ (2015). Evaluation of cauliflower genebank accessions under organic and conventional cultivation in Southern Germany. Euphytica, 210:389-400. doi:10.​1007/​s10681-014-1225-y

  • Günther T*, Lampei C* and Schmid KJ (2013) Mutational bias and gene conversion affect the intraspecific nitrogen stoichiometry of the Arabidopsis thaliana transcriptome. Mol. Biol. Evol., 30:561-568. doi: 10.1093/molbev/mss249

  • Tielbörger K, Petrů M & Lampei C (2012). Bet-hedging germination in annual plants: a sound empirical test of the theoretical foundations. Oikos, 121:1860-1868. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20236.x

  • Lampei C & Tielborger K (2010). Evolvability of between-year seed dormancy in populations along an aridity gradient. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 100:924-934. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2010.01453.x

*= equal contribution


I am teaching in several master courses at the institute 350b of University Hohenheim since 2013.

Master courses

  • Methods of Scientific working
  • Population and quantitative genetics
  • Plant genetic resources

Courses developed by me

  • Introduction to the statistical programming language R

Bachelor courses

  • Agrobiological practical course

Guest lectures in courses of other institutes

  • "Alpine Vegetation" in the course Plant Ecology with Prof. Fangmeier