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
Twitter: @chris_lampei

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)


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Peer reviewed articles

  • Richards CL, Alonso C, Becker C, Bossdorf O, Bucher E, Colome-Tatche M, Durka W, Engelhardt J, Gaspar B, Gogol-Doring A, Grosse I, van Gurp TP, Heer K, Kronholm I, Lampei C, Latzel V, Mirouze M, Opgenoorth L, Paun O, Prohaska S, Rensing SA, Stadler P, Trucchi E, Ullrich K, Verhoeven KJF. 2017. Ecological plant epigenetics: Evidence from model and non-model species, and the way forward. Ecology Letters, 20:1576–1590, OpenAccess, preprint

  • 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