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    Estravis-Barcala M, Heer K, Marchelli P, Ziegenhagen B, Arana MV, Bellora N. Deciphering the transcriptomic regulation of heat stress responses in Nothofagus pumilio. PlosOne.


    Opgenoorth L, Dauphin B, Benavides R, Heer K, Alizoti P, Martínez-Sancho E, [108 authors in alphabetical order], Fady B, Myking T, Valladares F, Aravanopoulos F, Cavers S. The GenTree-Platform: linking phenotypes, tree-level environmental data, and genotypes in twelve major European forest tree species. GigaScience.




      Thiel S, Tschapka M, Heymann EW*, Heer K* (2021) Vertical stratification of frugivorous vertebrate communities and their interactions with plants in tropical forests. Biological Reviews 96(2) 454-469https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12664


      Benavides R, Carvalho B, Bastias CC, López-Quiroga D, Mas A, Cavers S [93 authors in alphabethical order, including Heer K], Fady B, Valladares F (2020) The GenTree Leaf Collection: inter- and intraspecific leaf variation in seven forest tree species in Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography 30(3) 590-597https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13239


      Ramirez-Valiente J, Solé-Medina A, Pyhäjärvi T, Savolainen O, Cervantes S, Kesalahti R, Kujala S, Kumpula T, Heer K, Opgenoorth L, Siebertz J, Danusevicius D, Notivol E, Benavides R, Robledo-Arnuncio JJ (2020) Adaptive responses to climate variation at the early stages in Pinus sylvestris. New Phytologist 229(5) 3009-3025https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17029




        Barthel D, Schuler H, Galli J, Borruso L, Geier J, Heer K, Burckhardt D, Janik K (accepted) Identification of plant DNA in adults of the phytoplasma vector Cacopsylla picta helps understanding its feeding behavior. Insects 11(12), 835.  https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11120835


        Solé-Medina A, Heer K, Opgenoorth L, Kaldewey P, Danusevicius D, Notivol E, Robledo-Arnuncio JJ, Ramírez-Valiente JA (2020). Genetic variation in early fitness traits across European populations of silver birch (Betula pendula). AOB Plants Journal, 12(3), plaa019. https://doi.org/10.1093/aobpla/plaa019


        Avanzi C, Heer K, Büntgen U, Labriola M, Leonardi S, Opgenoorth L, Piermattei A, Urbinati C, Vendramin GG, Piotti A (2020). Individual reproductive success in Norway spruce natural populations depends on growth rate, age and sensitivity to temperature. Heredity, 124(4), 685-698. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41437-020-0305-0


        Martínez-Sancho E, Slámová L, Morganti S, Grefen C, Carvalho B, Dauphin B, Rellstab C, Gugerli F, Opgenoorth L, Heer K, Knutzen F, von Arx G, Valladares F, Cavers C, Bruno Fady [54 authors on alphabethical order] Fonti P (2020) The GenTree Dendroecological Collection, tree-ring and wood density data from seven tree species across Europe. Sci Data, 7(1), 1-7. doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0340-y


        Estravis-Barcala M, Mattera MG, Soliani S, Bellora N, Opgenoorth L, Heer K, Arana MV (2020) Molecular bases of responses to abiotic stress in trees. Journal of Experimental Botany, 71(13), 3765-3779.  https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erz532




            Heymann EW, Culot L, Knogge C, Smith AC, Tirado Herrera ER, Stojan-Dolar M, Lledo Ferrer Y, Petra Kubisch, Kupsch D, Slana D, Koopmann ML, Ziegenhagen B, Bialozy R, Mengel C, Hambuckers J, Heer K (2019) Small Neotropical primates promote the natural regeneration of anthropogenically disturbed areas. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-46683-x.


            Gelmi-Candusso TA, Slana D, Zarata-Gomez R, Heymann EW, Heer K. (2019) Estimating seed dispersal distance: a comparison of methods using animal movement and plant genetic data. Ecology and Evolution, 9(16), 8965-8977. https ://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5422


            Mosca E, Cruz F, Gómez-Garrido J, Bianco L, Rellstab C, Brodbeck S, Csilléry K, Fady B, Fladung M, Fussi B, Gömöry D, González-Martínez SC, Grivet D, Gut M, Hansen OK, Heer K, Kaya Z, Krutovsky KV, Kersten B, Liepelt S, Opgenoorth L, Sperisen C, Ullrich KK, Vendramin GG, Westergren M, Ziegenhagen B, Alioto T, Gugerli F, Heinze B, Höhn M, Troggio M, Neale, DB (2019) A reference genome sequence for the european silver fir (Abies alba Mill.): a community-generated genomic resource. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 9(7), 2039-49. https://doi.org/10.1534/g3.119.400083


            Avanzi C, Piermattei A, Piotti A, Buntgen U, Heer K, Opgenoorth L, Spanu I, Urbinati C, Vendramin GG, Leonardi S (2019) Disentangling the effects of spatial proximity and genetic similarity on in situ growth performances of Picea abies. Science of the Total Environment. Science of the Total Environment, 650(1), 493-504. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.348



            Ammer C, Fichtner A, Fischer A, Gossner MM, Meyer P, Seidl R, Thomas FM, Annighöfer P, Kreyling J, Ohse B, Berger U, Feldmann E,  Häberle KH, Heer K, Heinrichs S, Huth F, Krämer-Klement K, Mölder A, Mund M, Opgenoorth L, Schall P, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Seidel D, Vogt J, Wagner S (in press) Key ecological research questions for Central European forests. Basic and Applied Ecology, 31, 3-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2018.07.006


            Heer K*, Ullrich KK*, Hiss M, Liepelt S, Schulze-Brüning R, Zhou J, Opgenoorth L Rensing SA (2018) Detection of somatic epigenetic variation in Norway spruce via targeted bisulfite sequencing. Ecology and Evolution, 8(19), 9672-9682.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4374


            Heer K*, Behringer D*, Piermattei A, Bässler C, Brandl R, Fady B, Jehl, H, Liepelt S, Lorch S, Piotti A, Vendramin GG, Weller M, Ziegenhagen B, Büntgen U, Opgenoorth L (2018) Linking dendroecology and association genetics in natural populations: Stress responses archived in tree rings associate with SNP genotypes in Abies alba (Mill.) Molecular Ecology, 27(6), 1428-1438. doi:


            Heer K, Mounger J, Boquete MT, Richards CL, Opgenoorth L (2018) The diversifying field of plant epigenetics. New Phytologist, 217(3), 988–992. doi: 10.1111/nph.14985



            Gelmi-Cardusso TA, Heymann EW, Heer K (2017) Effects of zoochory on the spatial genetic structure of plant populations. Molecular Ecology, 26(21), 5896-5910. doi: 10.1111/mec.14351


            Torroba-Balmori P, Budde KB, Heer K, González-Martínez SC, Olsson S, Scotti-Saintagne C, Casalis M, Sonké B, Dick CW, Heuertz M. (2017) Altitudinal gradients, biogeographic history and microhabitat adaptation affect fine-scale spatial genetic structure in African and Neotropical populations of an ancient tropical tree species. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0182515. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182515


            Richards CL, Alonso C, Becker C, Bossdorf O, Bucher E, Colome-Tatche M, Durka W, Engelhardt J, Gaspar B, Gogol-Döring A, Grosse I, Gurp TP van, Heer K, Kronholm I, Lampei C, Latzel V, Mirouze M, Opgenoorth L, Paun O, Prohaska S, Rensing SA, Stadler P, Trucchi E, Ullrich K, Verhoeven KJF (2017) Ecological plant epigenetics: Evidence from model and non-model species, and the way forward. Ecology Letters 20: 1576–1590. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12858


            Villalobos-Chaves D, Spínola-Parallada M, Heer K, Kalko EKV, Rodríguez-Herrera B (2017) Implications of a specialized diet on the foraging behavior of the Honduran white bat Ectophylla alba. Journal of Mammalogy, 98(4), 1193-1201. doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyx044

            2016 and before


            Heer K*, Ullrich KK*, Liepelt S, Rensing SA, Zhou J, Ziegenhagen B, Opgenoorth L (2016) Detection of SNPs based on transcriptome sequencing in Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst). Conservation Genetics Resources, 8(2), 105-107. doi: 10.1007/s12686-016-0520-4


            Heer K, Kalko EKV, Albrecht L, García-Villacorta, R, Staeps FC, Herre EA, & Dick CW (2015). Spatial Scales of Genetic Structure in Free-Standing and Strangler Figs (Ficus, Moraceae) Inhabiting Neotropical Forests. PloS ONE, 10(7), e0133581. doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0133581


            Heer K*, Helbig-Bonitz M*, Fernandes RG, Mello, MAR, Kalko EKV (2015) Effects of land use on bat diversity in a complex plantation-forest landscape in northeastern Brazil. Journal of Mammalogy, 96(4), 720-731. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv068


            Heer K, Machado CA, Himler AG, et al. (2012) Anonymous and EST-based Microsatellite DNA markers that transfer broadly across the fig tree genus (Ficus L. Moraceae). American Journal of Botany 99, e330-e333. doi: 


            Heer K, Albrecht L, Kalko EKV (2010) Effects of ingestion by neotropical bats on germination parameters of native free-standing and strangler figs (Ficus sp., Moraceae). Oecologia 163, 425-436. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-010-1600-x

            * authors with equal contributions

            In review

            Major E, Höhn M, Avanzi C, Fady B, Heer K, Opgenoorth L, Piotti A, Popescu  F, Postolache D, Vendramin GG, Csilléry K. Spatial genetic structure at local and global scales across the species range in silver fir (Abies alba Mill.). Submitted to Molecular Ecology.

            Ramirez-Valiente J, Solé-Medina A, Pyhäjärvi T, Savolainen O, Heer K, Opgenoorth L, Danusevicius D, Robledo-Arnuncio JJ Adaptive responses to climate variation at the early stages in Pinus sylvestris. Sumitted to New Phytologist

            Thiel S, Willems F, Farwig N, Schabo D, Schleuning M, Shahuano Tello N, Töpfer T, Tschapka M, Heymann EW, Heer K. Frugivore community composition and interaction frequency are vertically stratified in a liana species fruiting across forest strata. Submitted to Journal of Ecology

            Can SN, Nunn A, Galanti D, Langenberger D, Becker C, Volmer K, Heer K, Opgenoorth L, Fernandez-Pozo N, Rensing S. The EpiDiverse plant Epigenome-Wide Association Studies (EWAS) pipeline. Submitted to Epigenomes.

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