Om Alexandre Antonelli

Professor i Systematik och Biodiversitet, Göteborgs Universitet Vetenskaplig intendent, Göteborgs botaniska trädgård Föreståndare, Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Petition for the protection of biodiversity (deadline on Sunday 5 p.m.)

Dear fellow systematists,

Many of you may have seen the recent article ’We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution.’ by R. Alexander Pyron in Washington Post, and re-published in several newspapers around the world.

If you would like to co-sign our Letter to the Editor of Washington Post please visit:

We are now over 3000 co-signatories from more than 80 countries, but there are still few people from Sweden!

Best wishes and thanks for your support,

Alexandre Antonelli & Allison Perrigo

Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre


Postdoctoral position: Building the tree of life from molecular sequences

Dear colleagues,
A fully funded post-doc position is now available in our research group to work further with our tree-building platform SUPERSMART ( Please spread the ad to potential candidates!

Best wishes and happy summer!
Alexandre Antonelli, PhD
Professor in Systematics and Biodiversity
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B, Göteborg, Sweden

Welcome to Göteborg on April 19: Scott Edwards’ lecture and inauguration of GGBC

Welcome to Scott Edward’s public lecture and inauguration of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre

Date: April 19, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20 A, Wallenbergsalen, Göteborg


14.00 Welcome! – Karin Hårding, GoCas representative
14.05 Pam Fredman, rektor GU
14.10 Stefan Bengtsson, rektor Chalmers
14.15 Alexandre Antonelli, director Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre
14.25-15.10 Scott Edwards (Harvard University), Origins of Biodiversity: Birds, Dinosaurs and DNA
15.10-15.30 Questions and discussion
15.30-16.00 Coffee, cake and continued discussions. Informal poster session.
Origins of Biodiversity: Birds, Dinosaurs and DNA
Although we know from paleontology that dinosaurs are still among us in the form of birds today, it is less clear how dinosaur genomes changed to evolve into the streamlined, feathery creatures that are now found throughout the globe. In this talk we will take a journey starting from the dinosaur ancestors of birds and learn how modern genomics and evolutionary theory can tell us not only what dinosaur genomes looked like, but also the key events in DNA that transformed dinosaurs into birds. It is a fascinating story covering over 200 million years of evolution, and gives us insight into how birds are coping with modern pressures of human-induced global changes.

From early April to June 2017, Professor Scott V. Edwards from Harvard University is leading researchers from biology, medicine, mathematics, physics and computer science in a joint effort to reach new insights in the evolution of biodiversity on earth.

More information at:

Swedish press release at: 

Scientific Project Coordinator

We are looking for a Scientific Project Coordinator for the newly established Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre (GGBC) and our own research group.

GGBC has two main goals: to further develop biodiversity research, and to bridge the gap between scientists, the public and industry through various outreach activities. The Centre represents a long-term collaboration among the following institutions at the University of Gothenburg: the Department of Marine Sciences, the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, the Department of Geosciences, Herbarium GB, the Centre for Sea and Society, and the Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology. Moreover, it comprises the following organisations: Department of Energy & Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Havets Hus, Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Nordens Ark, The Gothenburg Museum of Natural History, and Universeum Science Centre.

Please spread the word to potentially suitable candidates. For more information please visit:

In English:

In Swedish:

Göteborgs botaniska trädgård söker ny intendent

För mer information och kontaktuppgifter se:


Till arbetsuppgifterna hör att tillföra en hög botanisk kompetens, att tillsammans med andra leda arbetet med kunskapsuppbyggnad, utveckling av de botaniska och hortikulturella samlingarna, växtdatabas samt att förmedla kunskap både inåt i förvaltningen och utåt mot omvärlden. Även ansvar för litteratur och beläggtagning kan ingå liksom utbyte av växtmaterial med andra institutioner. De botaniska samlingarna omfattar arter och sorter i både växthus och på friland, bl. a. med specialiteter som orkidéer, suckulenter, alpiner, lök- och knölväxter, barrträd och rododendron. Du förväntas arbeta med växtgrupper, av vild- och kulturursprung, som kanske inte ingår i din egen specialistkompetens, liksom att samverka med en mångfald av yrkesgrupper.

Du ska ha genomgången forskarutbildning i biologi, fil. dr. eller motsvarande, med inriktning av relevans för Botaniska trädgårdens verksamhet. Du måste vara insatt i nomenklatur och artbestämning samt ha en bred växtkunskap. Du är intresserad av aktuella miljö- och klimatfrågor och vi ser gärna att du är insatt i skandinavisk flora.

Vi vill att du ska vara en person med ett brinnande intresse för botanik, motivation att dela med dig av dina kunskaper, pedagogisk förmåga, god samarbetsförmåga och god kommunikativ förmåga både i tal och skrift, på svenska och på engelska. Vi lägger stor vikt vid personlig lämplighet.

Three fully funded positions – University of Gothenburg

Dear colleagues,

Please help us advertise these three fully funded positions at our lab.

Two Assistant Professorships / Postdoctoral Research Fellows, and one PhD student in macroevolution/biogeography and molecular phylogenetics.

More information at

Many thanks and best wishes,



Alexandre Antonelli, PhD

Professor in systematics and biodiversity

Wallenberg Academy Fellow


Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

University of Gothenburg

Delivery address: Box 461, SE 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden

Visiting address: Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B, 413 19 Göteborg, Sweden


Scientific curator, Gothenburg botanical garden

Lab homepage:


PhD position in Biology (macroevolution) – University of Gothenburg

Dear colleagues,

Please help us advertise this fully funded PhD position in Biology to any potential candidates.

The applicant will work on macroevolutionary analyses of living and extinct taxa. The project, funded through a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship, aims at identifying major drivers of speciation and extinction through time and space. We aim at answering questions such as why some lineages have produced many more species and genera than others; how climate change has affected biodiversity in the past; which regions, biomes and traits are most closely associated with the evolutionary success of clades; how clades compete with each other over evolutionary time; what is the biogeographical history of particular lineages; and what is the influence of phenotypic traits on biogeographical processes.

The project will involve compiling (or generating) and analysing phylogenetic and fossil data, and potentially the development of methods aimed at macro evolutionary inferences. The details of the project can be adjusted based on the candidate´s skills and interests.

A full description and information on how to apply can be found at:

(and in Swedish):

Many thanks and best wishes,



Alexandre Antonelli, PhD

Wallenberg Academy Fellow

Associate professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences,

University of Gothenburg

Lab homepage:


PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The selected student will work with Dr. Colin Hughes on a research project entitled “Global Legume diversity patterns: macroevolutionary and ecological processes shaping biodiversity”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation in the Institute of Systematic Botany at the University of Zürich.

We are interested in how diversity evolves and understanding the processes and factors that determine the spatial distribution of life on Earth. Using comparative approaches and one of the most evolutionary successful families of flowering plants, the legumes (Leguminosae = Fabaceae), as a study system, we are addressing a set of inter-related questions about global plant diversity patterns. We are making use of recent developments in comparative phylogenomics and global-scale species distribution modelling to quantify phylogenetic turnover and the ecological factors underlying patterns of diversity across large-scale ecological gradients.

The PhD projects will focus on specific legume clades, and especially subfamily Mimosoideae, a pantropical clade spanning all lowland tropical biomes and potentially involve fieldwork, laboratory work to generate DNA sequence data using NGS, herbarium specimen database work, and phylogenetic/ macroevolutionary analysis. This will build on foundations – genomic data, development of NGS approaches, taxonomic knowledge and research material – already established in Zurich.

POSITION CHARACTERISTICS: The Institute of Systematic Botany in Zurich offers excellent research facilities and a stimulating working environment for graduate students in plant systematics and evolution. The project will also involve collaboration with legume researchers in Brasil, the Netherlands, U.K., U.S.A. and Canada. Salary is according to the Swiss National Science Foundation guidelines. Funding, including for laboratory and field work, is available for 3 years.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should hold a Masters degree in systematics, biodiversity or evolutionary biology. Experience in molecular laboratory techniques, working with NGS data, phylogenetic analysis, macroevolutionary analysis, fieldwork and GIS are all potentially relevant. Excellent knowledge of English, written and oral, is essential.

HOW TO APPLY: Send the following documents by email AS A SINGLE PDF FILE to Dr. Colin Hughes, i) a two-page application letter describing your research interests, outlining why you think working on mimosoid legumes is interesting, why are you interested in a Ph.D. position in systematic botany and your career goals; ii) your CV, including a list of publications (if applicable); iii) a copy of your undergraduate and graduate academic record; iv) names and contact details of at least two referees selected from your academic advisors.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Applications will be screened from May 25th 2015 onwards until the positions are filled.

STARTING DATE: Sept/Oct 2015.

Göteborgs botaniska trädgård söker två vetenskapliga intendenter med inriktning mot botanik / Two open positions as Scientific Curator

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Alexandre Antonelli,