Dr. Eckhard von Raab-Straube

+49 30 838 50445
+49 30 838-4 50445
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8

Euro+Med PlantBase Secretariat: Project coordinator and co-editor

Data and Workflow Curator of the Euro-Mediterranean focal area of research


1995             Diploma in Biology at the Freie Universität Berlin (Dipl.-Biol.).
1994-1997   Work on a freelance basis in the field of environmental planning, consulting and vegetation mapping
1997-1999   Contracted by the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) for implementation and management of the
                       international database project "Registration of Plant Names"
1999-2001   Study of Chinese language at the Freie Universität Berlin
2000 (Aug-Oct) Principal investigator of a Sino-German plant collecting expedition to the Hengduan Mountains (granted by the
                       National Geographic Society, Washington D.C. and by the DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn).
2002 (Jul-Aug) Russian-German botanical-pharmaceutical expedition to Altai Mountains, S Siberia
2004-2012    Employed at the BGBM as a scientific assistant  for the projects "Med-Checklist - Compositae" (2004-2008); for the
                       EU-funded projects EDIT (2007-2011) and PESI (2008-2012).
2009 (Jan)    Research stay at Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge (MA) for the Flora of China project. 
2012              PhD at the BGBM (Freie Universität Berlin); thesis: Taxonomic revision of Saussurea subgenus Amphilaena
                       (Stschegl.) Lipsch. (Compositae, Cardueae). (supervisor W. Greuter)
since 2012 Employed at the BGBM as Data and Workflow Curator of the Euro-Mediterranean focal area

  • Molecular and morphological systematics of the genus Saussurea and related genera Himalaiella, Frolovia and Lipschitziella
  • Floristics and vegetation of Hengduan Mountains, SW China
  • Biodiversity informatics and floristics of the Euro-Mediterranean region
  • Cybertaxonomy
  • Floristics and pharmaceutical plants of Altai Mountains, S Siberia
  • Taxonomy and biogeography of Compositae in high mountains of Central and Eastern Asia
Beteiligungen an Kooperationsprojekten 
  • Co-author of the Flora of China for the genus Saussurea (Compositae)
  • PESI (A Pan-European directories Species Infrastructure): Member of the Steering Committee; Member of the Advisory Group for Focal Points
  • EDIT (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy) Workpackage 6: Unifying Revisionary Taxonomy: The Cichorieae Exemplar Group; Co-Editor of the International Cichorieae Portal (ICN)
Mandate in wissenschaftlichen Gremien und Komitees 
PESI Steering Committee and Advisory Group for Focal Points
Bulletin of the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, new series (Editorial Board)
Mitgliedschaft in wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaften 
International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
OPTIMA - Organisation for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean Area
Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)
Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Flora Deutschlands e.V. (GEFD)
Botanischer Verein für Berlin und Brandenburg gegr. 1859 e.V.