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Dr. Nadja Korotkova

Research Group Caryophyllales
Coordinator for research data
Coordinator Global Caryophylalles Initiative
Nadja Korotkova
+49 30 838 57837
+49 30 838-4 57837
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8


  • 2001 - 2006 studies of biology at the University of Bonn with focus on evolutionary biology and botany
  • 2006-2011 research assistant at the Nees Institute for Biodiversity of plants, University of Bonn
  • 2008-2011 phD studies with thesis on the phylogeny and evolution of the epiphytic Rhipsalideae (Cactaceae) at the Nees Institute for Biodiversity of plants, University of Bonn
  • Since 2011 scientific staff member at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin at Freie Universität Berlin


Evolution, systematics and taxonomy of flowering plants, especially of the order Caryophyllales; Molecular phylogenetics, biodiversity of the Caucasus, integrative taxonomy, taxonomic checklists, synthesis of taxonomic information.


  • Developing Tools for conserving the Plant diversity of the Transcaucasus (coordination 2011-2019)
  • Phylogenetics and taxonomy of selected genera from the Caucasus (e.g. Pyrus, Papaver, Dianthus, Gleditsia, in collaboration with partners from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia)
  • Phylogentic studies of epiphytic Cactaceae
  • Coordination Global Caryophyllales Initiative

Papers in peer reviewed journals (published and in press)

  • Korotkova N., Aquino D., Arias S., Eggli U., Franck A., Gómez-Hinostrosa C., Guerrero P. C., Hernández H. M., Kohlbecker A., Köhler M., Luther K., Majure L. C., Müller A., Metzing D., Nyffeler R., Sánchez D., Schlumpberger B. & Berendsohn W. G. 2021: Cactaceae at – a dynamic online species-level taxonomic backbone for the family. – Willdenowia 51(2): 251-270.
  • Martínez-Quezada D. M., Arias S., Korotkova N. & Terrazas T. 2020: The phylogenetic significance of the stem morpho-anatomy in the Hylocereeae (Cactoideae, Cactaceae). – Plant Syst. Evol. 306(1).
  • von Mering S., Akhani H., Arias S., Berendsohn W. G., Borsch T., Castañeda-Noa I., de Vos J. M., Dillenberger M. S., Eggli U., Fleischmann A., Flores-Olvera M. H., Hernández-Ledesma P., Kadereit G., Klak C., Korotkova N., Malekmohammadi M., Moore A. J., Nyffeler R., Ocampo G., Ortiz Díaz J. J., Oxelman B., Rabeler R. K., Schlumpberger B. O., Schuster T. M., Timaná M. E., Uotila P. & Zuloaga F. O. 2019: The Global Caryophyllales Initiative: Towards an updated taxonomic backbone and a dynamic monograph of a major plant group. – Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e35357.
  • Silakadze N., Kilian N., Korotkova N., Mosulishvili M. & Borsch T. 2019: Multiple evolutionary origins of high mountain bellflowers with solitary flowers and calyx scales render a core Caucasian clade of the Scapiflorae group (Campanulaceae). – Systematics and Biodiversity 17(7): 690–711.
  • Silakadze N., Kilian N., Korotkova N., Mosulishvili M. & Borsch T. 2019: Multiple evolutionary origins of high mountain bellflowers with solitary flowers and calyx scales render a core Caucasian clade of the Scapiflorae group (Campanulaceae). – Systematics and Biodiversity: 1-22.
  • Szukala A., Korotkova N., Gruenstaeudl M., Sennikov A. N., Lazkov G. A., Litvinskaya S. A., Gabrielian E., Borsch T. & Raab-Straube E. v. 2019: Phylogeny of the Eurasian genus Jurinea (Asteraceae: Cardueae): support for a monophyletic genus concept and a first hypothesis on overall species relationships. – Taxon 68(1): 112-131.
  • Berendsohn W. G., Borsch T., Güntsch A., Kohlbecker A., Korotkova N., Luther K., Müller A., Plitzner P. & Mering S. v. 2018: Using the EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy to prepare and publish a treatment for the Caryophyllales Network: an online synthesis of the Nepenthaceae. – Willdenowia 48: 335-344.
  • Canal D., Köster N., Jones K. E., Korotkova N., Croat T. B. & Borsch T. 2018: Phylogeny and diversification history of the large Neotropical genus Philodendron (Araceae): Accelerated speciation in a lineage dominated by epiphytes. – American Journal of Botany 105(6): 1035-1052.
  • Korotkova N., Parolly G., Khachatryan A., Ghulikyan L., Sargsyan H., Akopian J. A., Borsch T. & Grünstäudl M. 2018: Towards resolving the evolutionary history of Caucasian pears (Pyrus, Rosaceae) – Phylogenetic relationships, divergence times and leaf trait evolution. – Journal of Systematics and Evolution 56(1): 35-47.
  • Jones K. E., Korotkova N., Petersen J., Henning T., Borsch T. & Kilian N. 2017: Dynamic diversification history with rate upshifts in Holarctic bell-flowers (Campanula and allies). – Cladistics 33(6): 637–666.
  • Korotkova N., Borsch T. & Arias S. 2017: A phylogenetic framework for the Hylocereeae (Cactaceae) and implications for the circumscription of the genera. – Phytotaxa 327(1): 1-46.
  • Hernández-Ledesma P., Berendsohn W. G., Borsch T., von Mering S., Akhani H., Arias S., Castañeda-Noa I., Eggli U., Eriksson R., Flores-Olvera H., Fuentes-Bazán S., Kadereit G., Klak C., Korotkova N., Nyffeler R., Ocampo G., Ochoterena H., Oxelman B., Rabeler R. K., Sanchez A., Schlumpberger B. O. & Uotila P. 2015: A taxonomic backbone for the global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. – Willdenowia 45(3): 281-383.
  • Korotkova N., Nauheimer L., Ter-Voskanyan H., Allgaier M. & Borsch T. 2014: Variability among the most rapidly evolving plastid genomic regions is lineage-specific: Implications of pairwise genome comparisons in Pyrus (Rosaceae) and other angiosperms for marker choice. – PLoS ONE 9(11): e112998.
  • Maharramova E. H., Muller L. A., Korotkova N. & Borsch T. 2014: Development of nuclear microsatellite markers for the Arcto-Tertiary relict tree Zelkova carpinifolia (Ulmaceae) using 454 pyrosequencing. – Appl. Plant. Sci. 2(3).
  • Korotkova, N., Borsch, T., Quandt, D., Taylor, N.P., Müller, K., and Barthlott, W. (2011) What does it take to resolve relationships and to identify species with molecular markers? An example from the epiphytic Rhipsalideae (Cactaceae). American Journal of Botany 98(9):1549-1572.
  • Korotkova, N., Zabel, L., Quandt, D., and Barthlott, W. (2010) A phylogenetic analysis of Pfeiffera and the reinstatement of Lymanbensonia as an independently evolved lineage of epiphytic Cactaceae within a new tribe Lymanbensonieae. Willdenowia, 40(2), 151-172.
  • Korotkova, N., and Barthlott, W. (2009) On the thermogenesis of the Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum). Plant Signalling & Behaviour 4(11), 499-505.
  • Borsch, T., Korotkova, N., Raus, T., Lobin, W., and Löhne, C. (2009) The petD group II intron as a genus and species level marker: Utility for tree inference and species identification in the diverse genus Campanula (Campanulaceae) Willdenowia 39, 7-33.
  • Korotkova, N., Schneider, J., Quandt, D., Worberg, A., Zizka, G., and Borsch, T. (2009) Phylogeny of the eudicot order Malpighiales: analysis of a recalcitrant clade with sequences of the petD group II intron. Plant Systematics and Evolution, special issue “Molecular evolution and phylogenetic utility of non-coding DNA – applications from species to deep level questions, 282(3), 201-228.
  • Barthlott, W., Szarzynski, J., Vlek, P., Lobin, W. and Korotkova, N. (2009) A torch in the rain forest: thermogenesis of the Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum). Plant Biology 11(4), 499-505.

Book chapters and monographs (published and in press)

  • Barthlott W., Burstedde K., Geffert J. L., Ibisch P. L., Korotkova N., Rafiqpoor D., Stein A. & Mutke J. 2015: Biogeography and biodiversity of cacti. – Schumannia 7.
  • Kiesling R., Oakley L., Metzing D., Muruaga N., Albesiano A. S., Korotkova N., Huaylla Limachi L. & Quispe N. 2015: Cactaceae. – In: Jørgensen P. M., Nee M. H. &  Beck S. G. (ed.), Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Bolivia St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden Press.
  • Barthlott W., Große-Veldmann B. & Korotkova N. 2014: Orchid seed diversity: A scanning electron microscopy survey. – Berlin: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem.

Journals, not peer reviewed

  • Bauer R. & Korotkova N. 2016: Eine neue Rhipsalis aus Brasilien – Rhipsalis barthlottii. – Kakteen und andere Sukkulenten 67(11): 281-287.
  • Große-Veldmann, B., Korotkova, N., Reinken, B., Lobin, W., Barthlott, W. (2011) Amborella trichopoda - cultivation of the most ancestral angiosperm in botanic gardens. Sibbaldia 9, 143-155.