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Dr. Marcela van Loo

Research associate

phone: +43 1 4277 54144

address: University of Vienna
Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
Rennweg 14
1030 Vienna

Short CV

2016-present research associate, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2010-2016 research and university assistant, Institute of Silviculture, BOKU, Vienna, Austria

2009-2013 Hertha-Firnberg PostDoc fellowship, BOKU University, Vienna, Austria

2005-2007 Erwin Schrödinger PostDoc fellowship, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, UK 

2005-2005 PostDoc, Institute of Botany, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2000-2004 Doctoral degree, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

1995-1999 Master degree (Biology: Botany and Genetics), University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria


Publications (last 10 years)

Hintsteiner WJ, van Loo M, Neophytou C, et al. (2018) The geographic origin of old Douglas-fir stands growing in Central Europe. European Journal of Forest Research, DOI 10.1007/s10342-018-1115-2.

Eckhart T, Walcher S, Hasenauer H & van Loo M (2017) Genetic diversity and adaptive traits of European versus American Douglas-fir seedlings. EUROPEAN JOURNAL of FOREST RESEARCH, DOI 10.1007/s10342-017-1072-1

van Loo M (2017) Juglans nigra. Short reviews on the genetics and breeding of introduced to Europe forest tree species. SILVA SLOVENICA, 151: 9-12.

van Loo M, Milcevicova R & Westergren M (2017) Robinia pseudoacacia. Short reviews on the genetics and breeding of introduced to Europe forest tree species. SILVA SLOVENICA, 151: 40-46.

Wang L, Katzensteiner K, Schume H, van Loo M & Godbold DL (2016) Potassium fertilization affects the distribution of fine roots but does not change ectomycorrhizal community structure. ANNALS OF FOREST SCIENCE, 73: 691-702. (doi:10.1007/s13595-016-0556-3)

van Loo M, Hintsteiner W, Potzelsberger E, Schuler S & Hasenauer H (2015) Intervarietal and intravarietal genetic structure in Douglas-fir: nuclear SSRs bring novel insights into past population demographic processes, phylogeography, and intervarietal hybridization. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 5(9): 1802-1817. (doi:10.1002/ece3.1435)

Eckhart T, Hintsteiner W, Lair G, van Loo M & Hasenauer H (2014) The Impact of Soil Conditons on the Growth of Douglas-fir in Austria, AUSTRIAN J FOR SCI. 2014; 131(2): 107-127.

Taberlet P, Zimmermann NE, Englisch T, Tribsch A, Holderegger R, Alvarez N, Niklfeld H, Coldea G, Mirek Z, Moilanen A, Ahlmer W, Marsan PA, Bona E, Bovio M, Choler P, Cieslak E, Colli L, Cristea V, Dalmas JP, Frajman B, Garraud L, Gaudeul M, Gielly L, Gutermann W, Jogan N, Kagalo AA, Korbecka G, Kupfer P, Lequette B, Letz DR, Manel S, Mansion G, Marhold K, Martini F, Negrini R, Nino F, Paun O, Pellecchia M, Perico G, Piekos-Mirkowa H, Prosser F, Puscas M, Ronikier M, Scheuerer M, Schneeweiss GM, Schönswetter P, Schratt-Ehrendorfer L, Schupfer F, Selvaggi A, Steinmann K, Thiel-Egenter C, van Loo M, Winkler M, Wohlgemuth T, Wraber T & Gugerli F (2012) Genetic diversity in widespread species is not congruent with species richness in alpine plant communities. ECOLOGY LETTERS, 15(12): 1439-1448. (DOI: 10.1111/ele.12004) 

Thiel-Egenter C, Alvarez N, Holderegger R, Tribsch A, Englisch T, Wohlgemuth T, Colli L, Gaudeul M, Gielly L, Jogan N, Linder HP, Negrini R, Niklfeld H, Pellecchia M, Rioux D, Schonswetter P, Taberlet P, van Loo M, Winkler M & Gugerli F (2011) Break zones in the distributions of alleles and species in alpine plants; JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 38(4): 772-782. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02441.x) 

Winkler M, Tribsch A, Paun O, Englisch T, van Loo M. IntraBioDiv-Consortium, Schönswetter P (2010) Pleistocene distribution range shifts were accompanied by breeding system divergence within Hornungia alpina (Brassicaceae) in the Alps; MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 54(2): 571-582 ( 

Lexer C, Joseph JA, van Loo M, Barbará T, Heinze B, Bartha D, Castiglione S, Fay MF, & Buerkle CA, (2010) Genomic admixture analysis in European Populus spp. reveals unexpected patterns of reproductive isolation and mating; GENETICS, 186(2):699-712. (DOI: 10.1534/genetics.110.118828)

Castiglione S, Cicatelli A, Lupi R, Patrignani G, Fossati T, Brundu G, Sabatti M, van Loo M, Lexer CH (2010) Genetic Structure and introgression in riparian populations of Populus alba L.; PLANT BIOSYSTEMS, 144(3): 656-668. (

Lexer C, Joseph J, van Loo M, Prenner G, Heinze B, Chase MW & Kirkup D (2009). The use of digital image-based morphometrics to study the phenotypic mosaic in taxa with porous genomes. TAXON 58: 349-364.

Alvarez N, Thiel-Egenter C, Tribsch A, Holderegger R, Manel S, Schönswetter P, Taberlet P, Brodbeck S, Gaudeul M, Gielly L, Küpfer P, Mansion G, Negrini R, Paun O, Pellecchia M, Rioux D, Schüpfer F, van Loo M, Winkler M, Gugerli F, Consortium I (2009). History or ecology? Substrate type as a major driver of spatial genetic structure in Alpine plants. ECOLOGY LETTERS, 12: 632-640. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01312.x)

Thiel-Egenter C, Gugerli F, Alvarez N, Brodbeck S, Cieblak E, Colli L, Englisch T, Gaudeul M, Gielly L, Korbecka G, Negrini R, Paun O, Pellecchia M, Rioux D, Ronikier M, Schönswetter P, Schüpfer F, Taberlet P, Tribsch A, van Loo M, Winkler M, Holderegger R (2009) Effects of species traits on the genetic diversity of high-mountain plants: a multi-species study across the Alps and the Carpathians. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 18: 78-87. (DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2008.00421.x)

van Loo M, Joseph JA, Heinze B, Fay MF & Ch Lexer (2008) Clonality and spatial genetic structure in Populus × canescens and its sympatric backcross parent P. alba in a Central European hybrid zone. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 2: 506-516. (DOI:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2007.02266.x)