Skip to main content

Dr. Konstantina Koutroumpa

Research Group Asterales
Postdoctoral researcher (Mattfeld-Quadbeck Research Curatorship)
Konstantina Koutroumpa
+49 30 838 70043
+49 30 841
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8


  • 2006-2011 Bachelor in Biology, Department of Biology, University of Patras, Greece. Thesis title: Contribution to the coastal flora of Voidokoilia cove and Yalova lagoon (Prefecture of Messinia, Peloponnese)
  • 2011-2014 Master in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Biology, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece. Thesis title: Genetic diversity of the hybrid Origanum x intercedens Rech. in Crete
  • 2014-2020 PhD in Plant Sciences, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Thesis title: Evolutionary and taxonomic studies on Limonium (Plumbaginaceae)
  • Since 2020 Postdoctoral researcher at the BGBM, Freie Universität Berlin


  • Plant Evolution
  • Molecular Systematics
  • Mediterranean Biogeography
  • Plant Taxonomy


  • Integrative taxonomy of Centaurea (Asteraceae, Cardueae) focusing on the flora of Greece
  • Integrative taxonomy and biodiversity data management

Papers in peer reviewed journals (published and in press)

  • Malekmohammadi M., Koutroumpa K., Crespo M. B., Domina G., Korotkova N., Akhani H., von Mering, S., Borsch T. & Berendsohn W. 2024: A taxonomic backbone for the Plumbaginaceae (Caryophyllales). – Phytokeys 243: 67-103.
  • Keller B., Alther B., Jiménez A., Koutroumpa K., Mora-Carrera E. & Conti E. 2024: Island plants with newly discovered reproductive traits have higher capacity for uniparental reproduction, supporting Baker’s law. – Scientific Reports 14: 11392.
  • Koutroumpa K. 2024: Limonium artelariae (Plumbaginaceae), a new endemic species and further taxonomic and floristic notes on the genus in the island of Crete. – Willdenowia 54: 65–79.
  • Zografidis A., Koutroumpa K., Liveri E. & Dimopoulos P. 2023: Centaurea dolopica (Asteraceae, Cardueae), a new species of section Acrocentron from Greece. – Phytotaxa 584: 173–185.
  • Koutroumpa K., Warren B. H., Theodoridis S., Coiro M., Romeiras M. M., Jiménez A. & Conti E. 2021: Geo-climatic changes and apomixis as major drivers of diversification in the Mediterranean sea lavenders (Limonium Mill.). – Front. Plant Sci. 11: 612258
  • Keller B., Ganz R., Mora‐Carrera E., Nowak M. D., Theodoridis S., Koutroumpa K., & Conti E. 2021: Asymmetries of reproductive isolation are reflected in directionalities of hybridization: Integrative evidence on the complexity of species boundaries. – New Phytol. 229: 1795–1809
  • Flowers J. M., Hazzouri K. M., Gros-Balthazard M., Mo Z., Koutroumpa K., Perrakis A., Ferrand S., Khierallah H. S. M., Fuller D. Q., Aberlenc F., Fournaraki C. & Purugganan M. D. 2019: Cross-species hybridization and the origin of North African date palms. – Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 116: 1651–1658.
  • Koutroumpa K., Theodoridis S., Warren B. H., Jiménez A., Celep F., Doğan M., Romeiras M. M., Santos‐Guerra A., Fernández‐Palacios J. M., Caujapé‐Castells J., Moura M., de Sequeira M. M. & Conti E. 2018: An expanded molecular phylogeny of Plumbaginaceae, with emphasis on Limonium (sea lavenders): Taxonomic implications and biogeographic considerations. – Ecol. Evol. 8: 12397–12424.
  • Laina D., Oikonomou I., Koutroumpa K., Bariotakis M., Kotzabasis K., Ito K., Seymour R.S. & Pirintsos, S. A. 2018: Exogenous induction of thermogenesis in Arum concinnatum by salicylic acid. – Funct. Plant Biol. 45: 1195–1204.
  • Bariotakis M.*, Koutroumpa K.*, Karousou, R. & Pirintsos, S. A. 2016: Environmental (in)dependence of a hybrid zone: Insights from molecular markers and ecological niche modeling in a hybrid zone of Origanum (Lamiaceae) on the island of Crete. – Ecol. Evol. 6: 8727–8739.
    *Shared 1st authorship