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Join our team!
We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team.
Whether you would like to join us as a
BSc or MSc student, a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or you want to get involved as a volunteer, do not hesitate - contact us!


We are an international team of botanists, including postdoctoral researchers, PhD, Master and Bachelor students headed by Prof. Dr. Paul Goetghebeur, and with support of two visiting professors: Prof. Dr. Marie-Stéphanie Samain (INECOL, Mexico) and Prof. Dr. Isabel Larridon (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK). Technical and administrative staff members assist us with the technical/laboratory work and administration.


Our fundamental plant biodiversity research concerns molecular phylogenetic studies whose main aim is to elucidate the evolutionary history of specific plant groups, and to model underlying patterns of character evolution. Additionally, applied research on plants for industrial use and conservation research are also performed.
Morphological and anatomical studies help us to recognise patterns in plant architecture and structure. This is necessary to obtain a profound understanding of homology relationships. Integrated with molecular research, this results in a much-improved insight in the natural relationships in the studied plant groups. The phylogenetic insights are supplemented with practical applications such as morphological descriptions, phenological observations, identification keys, species lists, species distribution maps/analyses and online available databases with literature, nomenclature, interactive identification keys and other data. Over the years, the Research Group Spermatophytes has been involved in numerous projects concerning several groups of flowering plants.


Research Group Spermatophytes supports the training of Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology students at the Ghent University with several botanical courses and practical exercises concerning morphology, anatomy, phylogeny and evolution of Angiosperms. We aim to provide students with a strong botanical knowledge as well as encourage the “feeling” for botany, so that they are inspired to explore the wonderful plant kingdom independently. Again, the presence of the Botanical Garden near the lecture rooms is without any doubt an advantage for the students at Ghent University.

Botanic Garden and other facilities

The presence of living collections in the Ghent University Botanical Garden which neighbours our building, is invaluable for our studies at the Research Group Spermatophytes. Click here to learn more about the botanic garden.

For more information about the other facilities of the Research Group Spermatophytes, click here.
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