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
Curriculum vitae 

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

Research interests 
  • 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
Current involvement in collaborative projects 
  • 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)
Mandates in scientific advisory boards and committees 
PESI Steering Committee and Advisory Group for Focal Points
Bulletin of the Natural History Museum in Belgrade, new series (Editorial Board)
Memberships in scientific societies 
International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
OPTIMA - Organisation for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranean area
Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)
Botanischer Verein für Berlin und Brandenburg e.V.
Gesellschaft zur Erforschung der Flora Deutschlands e.V. (GEFD)