Department of Biology
Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology
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Pia Parolin

Dr. habil. rer. nat.

External researcher

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology of Plants (BEE)
Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology
University of Hamburg
Ohnhorststr. 18
22609 Hamburg, Germany

e-mail   pparolin@botanik.uni-hamburg.de

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Research focus

  • Tritrophic interactions, banker plant systems in biological pest management
  • Ecophysiology of trees in Amazonian floodplain forests
  • Fruit morphology and plant establishment in arid regions and in wetland; Seedling establishment and regeneration

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Projects and cooperations


  • Influence of plant diversity on the biological regulation of plant bioaggressors, in cooperation with Christine Poncet and Cécile Bresch, INRA / URIH.
  • MAUA - Monitoring of Aquatic Units of Amazonia, in cooperation with Dr. M. T. F. Piedade (INPA Manaus, Brazil).
  • Plant biogeography of the Pantanal, in cooperation with Dr. C. Nunes da Cunha (Universidade de Cuiabá, Brazil), W. J. Junk (MPI Plön), PD Dr. K. M. Wantzen (University of Konstanz).
  • Primary productivity, tree ecophysiology and biodiversity of Amazonian floodplains, in cooperation with PD Dr. F. Wittmann, Dr. M. T. F. Piedade (INPA Manaus, Brazil).
  • Várzea floodplains of the Amazon: floristics and conservation, in cooperation with Dr. L. V. Ferreira (Museu Goeldi, Belém, Brazil).
  • Programa internacional de altos estudios en cuencas y humedales neotropicales, in cooperation with Dr. G. Rueda Delgado (Universidad del Magdalena, Colombia).


  • HICWA - Host-Insect Co-evolution on Water hyacinth: Population genetics of Eichhornia crassipes and E. azurea, in cooperation with Dr. B. Rudolph (University of Hamburg).
  • Population genetics of Fraxinus excelsior in European floodplains, in cooperation with Dr. B. Rudolph (University of Hamburg).
  • Population genetics of the floodplain herb Cnidium dubium, in cooperation with Prof. B. Ziegenhagen / Dr. I. Leyer (University of Marburg).

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Further activities

  •   - Acta Amazonica
  •   - American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science
  •   - Ecotropica
  •   - Hindawi Publishing Corporation Agronomy Journal
  •   - Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Physiology
  •   - Revista Pesquisas, Botânica
  •   - Revista de Ecologia Aplicada

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Membership in scientific societies

  • Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)
  • Society for Ecology (GfÖ)
  • Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)
  • British Ecological Society (BES)
  • British Ecological Society Tropical Ecology Group (BESTEG)
  • Société Française d’Ecologie (SFE)
  • International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
  • International Society for Plant Anaerobiosis (ISPA)
  • International Association for Ecology (INTECOL)
  • Italian Society for Ecology (S.It.E.)
  • Italian Society for Botany (SIB)
  • Italian Society for Biodiversity and Nature Conservation (ABC)

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See List of Publications

Conference contributions

See List of Conference contributions


  • Cichliden Atlas Band II (2006): 15 Photos. Römer U., Mergus Verlag, Melle, 1319 p.
  • Reiseführer Natur Brasilien / Venezuela (1993): 26 Photos. In Gall, B. & Wikelski, M., BLV Verlagsgesellschaft München.
  • Forschung für den Regenwald (2002): 13 Photos in brochure for BMBF of SHIFT Program.
  • Human and wetlands (2000): First Prize in INTECOL Photography contest, Québec.
  • Cichliden Atlas (1998): 10 Photos. Römer U., Band 1. Mergus Verlag, Melle, 1311 p.
  • Die Orchidee (1990): Title page. Vol. 41(5), Deutsche Orchideen Gesellschaft.

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2006 - 2010 Lectures on plant adaptations and tropical ecology at the Euro American Institute (EAI) CERAM Sophia Antipolis / Nice, France
2004 - 2008 Lecture "Vegetation ecology of the tropics" (accompanied by E-learning / Learning platform WebCT; University of Hamburg, Germany)
2004 - 2006 Tutorial with practical course "Organisational forms in plants" based on E-learning / Learning platform WebCT (University Hamburg, Germany)
2003 - 2006 Practical course "Biodiversity research and vegetation analysis" (University Hamburg, Germany)
2001 - 2006 Practical course "Presentation of scientific data" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
2001 - 2005 Practical course "Organisational forms in plants" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
2001 Seminar "Biodiversity of arid ecosystems" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
2001 Practical course "Dissemination ecology" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
1998 - 1999 Practical course "Determination of higher plants" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
1998 - 1999 Field excursions "Ecosystems of Northern Germany" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
1997 - 2005 Practical course "Introduction to Botany" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
1997 - 1999 Practical course "Adaptations of higher plants to extreme sites" (University of Hamburg, Germany)
1994 - 1996 Seminars "Ecology of Amazonian floodplains" (at Amazon Research Institute INPA, Manaus, Brazil)
1994 - 1996 Practical field courses "Plant ecophysiology" (at Amazon Research Institute INPA, Manaus, Brazil)
1994 Practical courses "Ecological botany" (at Amazon Research Institute INPA, Manaus, Brazil)
1991 - 1993 Seminars and excursions to zoos and botanical gardens on "Tropical Ecology" (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
1991 - 1993 Practical courses "Zoological systematics" (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
1986 - 1990 Botanical-zoological excursions on native flora and fauna for study beginners, Bielefeld / Teutoburger Wald (Germany)

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