Marco Schmidt

Dr. Marco Schmidt

Member of Research Group 'Quantitative Biogeography'

Research interests

My main research interests are in African floras and spatial patterns of biodiversity, linking taxa and communities with niche models and traits. A particular focus of my work has been in the establishment of biodiversity databases like African Plants – a photo guide, West African Vegetation, and Chromosome numbers of the flora of Germany as well as a thorough assessment of plant diversity in protected area assessments and the Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso. My studies also include aspects of data mining, natural history collections, climate change, plant use and conservation. Presently I am working for the GFBio project.


Botanical-mycological field school in N-Benin in cooperation with the University of Parakou and participants from throughout West and Central Africa.


Gallery forest of the Comoé river near the border of Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso

tiger bush

Tiger bush in the Sahel of Burkina Faso


'African Plants' is an identification tool, photo archive and a growing resource of distribution data


For an overview of my publications, please have a look at my profiles on ResearchGate, GoogleScholar and Mendeley.

+49 69 7542 1859 (Data & Modelling Centre)
+49 69 97075 1615 (Botany Dept.)