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Ovidiu Paun

University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

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Born: 1976

Interests: adaptation, evolution, epigenetics, population genomics, transcriptomics, population genetics

• 2010-present Leader of Plant Ecological Genomics Group and Lecturer, Department of Systematics and Evolutionary Botany, University of Vienna, Austria.
• 2008-2010 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK; host Mark Chase.
• 2006-2008 Erwin Schrödinger Postdoctoral Fellow at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK; host Mark Chase.
• 2006 Postdoc at University of Vienna.
• 2002-2005 PhD student at University of Vienna.
• 2001-2002 Research assistant at the University of Vienna.
• 2000-2001 Teaching assistant at the University of Agronomical Sciences, Bucharest.

2001-2005 PhD in Life Sciences at University of Vienna.
1995-2000 Horticulture at the University of Agronomical Sciences, Bucharest.

GRANT SUPPORT AS PI over €2,000,000 (START grant, Marie Curie Fellowship, Marie Curie Reintegration Grant, Erwin Schrödinger fellowhip, Ernst Mach Grant, FWF stand alone project)

2013 START Prize. Austrian Ministry of Science and Research.
2013 Faculty in Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics (
2009 Elected fellow of the Linnean Society, London.
2009 My biography was included in Who’s Who in the World (Marquis, U.S.).
2007 Marie Curie Fellowship. European Commission.
2006 Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship. Austrian Science Fund.
2006 Best Presentation Award from the Systematics Association at “the Young Systematists’ Forum”, Natural History Museum, London.
2002 IAPT Award for young investigators in Plant Systematics. International Association for Plant Taxonomy.

• International Conference on Polyploidy, Hybridization and Biodiversity. Saint Malo, France, May 2009.
• The 4th Intl. Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons. Copenhagen, Denmark, Aug 2008.
• ESF Parthenogenesis network: “The paradox of asex: an evaluation”. Linnean Society Rooms, London, U.K., Sept 2005.

• On 06/08/2013 in Der Standard, Austria: "Mit Orchideen zum Ursprung der Arten" [With orchids to the origin of species].
• On 17/06/2013 in Uni:View Magazin: "Zwei START-Preise für die Universität Wien"

• On 23/06/2013 in Die Presse, Austria: “Herausragende helle Köpfe”:
• On 27/10/2010 in Der Standard, Austria: “Ein Plänzchen namens Monster”.
• On 03/10/2010 in Epigenetik Newsletter, Germany: “Epigenetik als Evolutionsbeschleuniger”.
• On 24/09/2010 in Sveriges Radio, Sweden: “Orkidéer anpassar sig snabbt”.
• On 18/08/2010 in Iran Daily, Iran: “Orchids adapt quickly to climate change”.
• On 11/08/2010 in The Times, U.K.: “Plants show genetic ability to grow into demands of climate change”.
• On 12/08/2010 in The Australian, Australia: “Flowers adapt to climate change with genetic switch”.
• On 12/08/2010 in Die Presse, Austria: “Pflanzen reagieren rasch auf Umwelt”.
• Between 10-13/08/2010 on online newsletters and forums like, e!ScienceNews, ScienceDaily, EurekAlert!, R&DMagazine,, Softpedia,,, eBioNews,,, BioonNews,, etc.: “Common orchid gives scientists hope in face of climate change”.
• In FEBS Journal (276: 4709; Siomons 2009), after my presentation in the international workshop Adaptation potentials in plants (Austria, Mar 2009).
• On 15/04/2008 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, Germany: “Pflanzenhybride - Erquickliche Seitensprünge unter Blumenkindern”.

Botanical Journal of Linnean Society (for Population genetics).

• NSF - National Science Foundation(US)
• NERC - Natural Environment Research Council (U.K.)
• The Leverhulme Trust (U.K.)
• Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal)

PLoS Genetics; Molecular Ecology; New Phytologist; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B; PLoS One; Heredity; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Ecography; BioScience; Evolutionary Ecology; Annals of Botany; Taxon; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society; Plant Biology.

• Symposium “Evolutionary epigenetics” at the BioSystEU2013 Congress, Vienna, Austria, Feb 2013.
• Symposium “The role of heritable epigenetic variation in plant evolution” at the XVIII International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia, July 2011.

• 22 articles in ISI journals and 8 additional peer-reviewed articles and book chapters
• h-index 17
• average citations per item 33.

ResearcherID: F-2197-2010

Selected publications:
• 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 J-P, Frajman B, Garraud L, Gaudeul M, Gielly . Genetic diversity in widespread species is not congruent with species richness in alpine plant communities. Ecology Letters, 15, pp. 1439-1448, 2013.
• Flatscher R, Frajman B, Schönswetter P, Paun O. Environmental heterogeneity and phenotypic divergence: can heritable epigenetic variation aid speciation?. Genetics Research International, doi:10.1155/2012/698421, 2012.
• Paun O, Forest F, Fay MF, Chase MW. Parental divergence and hybrid speciation in angiosperms revisited. Taxon, 60(5), pp. 1241-1244, 2011.
• Paun O, Bateman RM, Fay MF, Luna JA, Moat J, Hedrén M, Chase MW. Altered gene expression and ecological divergence in sibling allopolyploids of Dactylorhiza (Orchidaceae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11, p. 113, 2011.
• Górniak M, Paun O, Chase MW. Phylogenetic relationships within Orchidaceae based on nuclear low copy protein coding gene Xdh. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 56, pp. 784-795, 2010.
• Paun O, Luna JA, Fay MF, Bateman RM, Chase MW. Genomic responses drive adaptation in allotetraploid species of Dactylorhiza (Orchidaceae; Orchidinae). In Seberg O, Petersen G, Barfod AS, Davis JI (eds.), Diversity, Phylogeny, and Evolution in the Monocotyledons, pp. 169-192. Å rhus University Press, Denmark, 2010.
• Chase MW, Paun O, Fay MF. Hybridization and speciation in angiosperms: a role for pollinator shifts?. BMC Biology, 8, p. 45, 2010.
• Paun O, Bateman RM, Fay MF, Hedrén M, Civeyrel L, Chase MW . Stable epigenetic effects impact adaptation in allopolyploid orchids (Dactylorhiza: Orchidaceae). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 27, pp. 2465-2473, 2010.
• Paun O, Forest F, Fay MF, Chase MW. Hybrid speciation in angiosperms: Parental divergence drives ploidy. New Phytologist, 182 (2), pp. 507-518, 2009.
• Paun O, Schönswetter P, Winkler M, IntraBioDiv Consortium, Tribsch A. Historical divergence versus contemporary gene flow: evolutionary history of the calcicole Ranunculus alpestris group (Ranunculaceae) in the European Alps and the Carpathians. Molecular Ecology, 17 (19), pp. 4263-4275, 2008.
• Paun O, Fay MF, Soltis DE, Chase MW. Genetic and epigenetic alterations after hybridization and genome doubling. Taxon, 56 (3), pp. 649-656, 2007.
• Paun O, Hörandl E. Evolution of hypervariable microsatellites in apomictic polyploid lineages of Ranunculus carpaticola: directional bias at dinucleotide loci. Genetics, 174, pp. 387-398, 2006.
• Paun O, Stuessy TF, Hörandl E. The role of hybridization, polyploidization and glaciation in the origin and evolution of the apomictic Ranunculus cassubicus complex. New Phytologist, 171 (1), pp. 223-236, 2006.
• Paun O, Greilhuber J, Temsch EM, Hörandl E. Patterns, sources and ecological implications of clonal diversity in apomictic Ranunculus carpaticola. Molecular Ecology, 15 (4), pp. 897-910, 2006.
• Paun O, Lehnebach C, Johansson JT, Lockhart P, Hörandl E. Phylogenetic relationships and biogeography of Ranunculus and allied genera (Ranunculaceae) in the Mediterranean region and in the European Alpine System. Taxon, 54 (4), pp. 911-932, 2005.


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