Dr.
Tanja Schuster

Curator of Cryptogams
Tanja Schusters ORCID record:
tanja.schuster@nhm-wien.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 52177-248

EMPOLYMENT

 Since 2020       Curator of Cryptogams (W). Natural History Museum,
                            Vienna, Austria.
 
2019 – 2020     Instructor Botany and Species identification,
                           including excursions.
Ludwig Maximilian University,
                           Munich, Germany.
 
2018 – 2020     Project Coordinator Taxon-OMICS (DFG SPP 1991). Ludwig
                           Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.
 
2013 – 2018     Pauline Ladiges Plant Systematics Research Fellow. The
                           National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) & The University of
                           Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
 
2012 – 2013     Curator Norton-Brown Herbarium (MARY). The University
                           of Maryland, College Park, USA.
 
2011 – 2012     Plant Systematics Laboratory Manager & Herbarium
                           Curator Fabaceae (ECUH).
East Carolina University,
                           Greenville, USA.
 
2005 – 2011     Teaching Assistant Cell Biology, Greenhouse/Living
                           Collections,
Herbarium, Principles in Biosystematics.
                           Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, USA.
 
2009                 Research Assistant. Wake Forest University, Winston-
                          Salem, USA.
                          Project: Evolution and Diversification of Azaleas and
                          Rhododendrons (Rhododendron, Rhodoreae, Ericoideae,
                          Ericaceae).
 
2006                 Research Assistant. Wake Forest University, Winston-
                          Salem, USA.
                          Project: Phylogenetic, Biogeographic and Monographic
                          Studies in the Wintergreen Group.
 
2003 – 2004     Research Assistant. The City University of New
                           York, Research Foundation, Bronx, New York, USA.
                           Project: Calcium ATPase markers in Poaceae.
 
2002 – 2003     Lecturer Plants and People. The City University of New
                           York, Herbert H. Lehman College, Bronx, New York, USA.
 

ACADEMIC EDUCATION

 
2011                 Doctor of Philosophy, Biology – Plant Systematics.
                          Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
                          USA.
                          Dissertation: The Evolutionary Relationships of Polygoneae
                          Rchb. (Polygonaceae) with an Emphasis on the Amphi-
                          Pacific Muehlenbeckia Meisn.
                          Dissertation Advisor: Kathleen A. Kron, PhD
 
2004                 Master of Arts, Plant Sciences.
                          City University of New York (CUNY), Herbert H. Lehman
                          College, Bronx, New York, USA.
                          Thesis: A plant survey of the Hallett Nature Sanctuary in
                          Central Park, New York
                          Thesis Advisor: Dwight Kincaid, PhD
 
2002                 Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Biology.
                          City University of New York (CUNY), Herbert H. Lehman
                          College, Bronx, New York, USA.

PEER REVIEWED

Van de Vijver B, Schuster TM. 2022. Typification of Synedra filiformis Grunow and its transfer to the genus Fragilaria (Fragilariaceae, Bacillariophyta). Notulae Algarum e253. PHP: https://notulaealgarum.org/2022/index.php

Van de Vijver B, Morales E, Schuster TM, Wetzel CE, Ector L. 2022. Typification and morphology of Staurosirella lapponica (Grunow) D.M.Williams & Round and Staurosirella pinnata var. intercedens (Grunow) P.B.Hamilton (Staurosiraceae, Bacillariophyta) lapponica (Grunow) D.M.Williams & Round and Staurosirella pinnata var. intercedens (Grunow) P.B.Hamilton (Staurosiraceae, Bacillariophyta). Nova Hedwigia 115 (1–2): 31–45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1127/nova_hedwigia/2022/0697
 
Van de Vijver B, Lange–Bertalot H, Goeyers C, Mertens A, Schuster TM, Ector L. 2022. The identity of Eunotia paludosa Grunow 1862 (Eunotiaceae, Bacillariophyta), a revision, and the description of three new species of Eunotia Ehrenberg. Phytotaxa 545 (3): 261–277. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.545.3.2
 
Schuster TM, Williams DM, Van de Vijver B. 2022. The diatom collection of Albert Grunow (1826–1914) at the herbarium of the Natural History Museum Vienna (W). Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie B, Botanik und Zoologie 124: 331–362 PDF: https://www.zobodat.at/biografien/Grunow_Albert_ANNA_124B_0331-0362.pdf  
 
Van de Vijver B, Williams DM, Schuster TM, Kusber WH, Cantonati M, Wetzel CE, Ector L. 2022. Analysis of the Fragilaria rumpens complex (Fragilariaceae, Bacillariophyta) with the description of two new species. Fottea 22 (1): 93–121. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5507/fot.2021.018

Van de Vijver B, Schuster TM, Kusber WH, Hamilton PB, Albert RL, Ballings P, Wetzel CE, Ector L. 2021. Revision of European Brachysira species (Brachysiraceae, Bacillariophyta): III. Species formerly included in the Brachysira serians-complex. Botany Letters 169 (1): 83–105. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2021.1941250

Van de Vijver B, Schuster TM, Kusber WH, Williams DM, Wetzel CE, Ector L. 2021. Revision of European Brachysira species (Brachysiraceae, Bacillariophyta): II. The Brachysira styriaca and B. zellensis group. Botany Letters 168 (4): 485–502. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2021.1923062

Van de Vijver B, Schuster TM, Kusber WH, Hamilton PB, Wetzel CE, Ector L. 2021. Revision of European Brachysira species (Brachysiraceae, Bacillariophyta): I. The Brachysira microcephala B. neoexilis enigma. Botany Letters 168 (4):467–484 . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23818107.2021.1909499

Lobban CS, Navarro N, Schuster TM. 2021. Recognition of Grunow’s two Striatella species from Honduras in modern literature, and their transfer to Florella (Bacillariophyta, Cyclophoraceae). Nova Hedwigia 112 (3–4): 271-282. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1127/nova_hedwigia/2021/0630
 
Van de Vijver B, Schuster TM. 2021. Observations and typification of Navicula serians var. thermalis Grunow and its transfer to the genus Brachysira. Notulae Algarum e190. PHP: https://notulaealgarum.org/2021/index.php

Bräuchler C, Schuster TM, Vitek E, Rainer H. 2021. The Department of Botany at the Natural History Museum Vienna (Herbarium W) – history, status, and a best practice guideline for usage and requests. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie B, Botanik und Zoologie 123: 297–322. PDF: https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/ANNA_123B_0297-0322.pdf

Van de Vijver B, Schuster TM, Williams DM, Kusber WH. 2021. Was Fragilaria pararumpens Lange–Bertalot, G.Hofmann & Werum 2011 new to science? Notulae Algarum e180. PHP: https://notulaealgarum.org/2021/index.php
 
Van de Vijver B, Ector L, Schuster TM. 2020. Observations on and typification of Navicula difficilis Grunow and its transfer to the genus Humidophila R.L.Lowe & al. (Diadesmidaceae, Bacillariophyta). Notulae Algarum e173. PHP: https://notulaealgarum.org/2020/index.php
 
Van de Vijver B, Kusber WH, Ector L, Schuster TM, Walter J. 2020. Original material of Fragilaria gloiophila (Grunow) Van de Vijver, Ector, T.M.Schuster & J.Walter (Fragilariaceae, Bacillariophyta) rediscovered in the Grunow collection. Notulae Algarum e161. PHP: https://notulaealgarum.org/2020/index.php
 
Van de Vijver B, Ector L, Schuster TM, Walter J. 2020. Observations on and typification of Synedra gloiophila Grunow (Fragilariaceae, Bacillariophyta) and its transfer to the genus Fragilaria Lyngbye. Notulae Algarum e145. PHP: https://notulaealgarum.org/2020/index.php
 
Fowler RM, McLay TGB, Schuster TM, Buirchell BJ, Murphy DJ, Bayly MJ. 2020. Plastid phylogenomic analysis of tribe Myoporeae (Scrophulariaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 306: e52. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00606-020-01678-4
 
Renner SS, Barreda VD, Tellería MC, Palazzesi L, Schuster TM. 2020. Early evolution of Coriariaceae (Cucurbitales) in the light of a new Campanian (ca. 82 Mya) pollen record from Antarctica. Taxon 69: 87–99. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/tax.12203

Gemeinholzer B, Vences M, Beszteri B, Bruy T, Felden J, Kostadinov I, Miralles A, Nattkemper TW, Printzen C, Renz J, Rybalka N, Schuster TM, Weibulat TM, Wilke T, Renner SS. 2020. Data storage and data re-use in taxonomy – the need for improved storage and accessibility of heterogeneous data. Organisms Diversity & Evolution. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-019-00428-w

von Mering, S., H. Akhani, S. Arias, W. Berendsohn, T. Borsch, I. Castañeda-Noa, J. de Vos, M. Dillenberger, U. Eggli, A. Fleischmann, M. Flores-Olvera, P. Hernández-Ledesma, G. Kadereit, C. Klak, N. Korotkova, M. Malekmohammadi, A. Moore, R. Nyffeler, G. Ocampo, J. Ortiz Díaz, B. Oxelman, R. Rabeler, B. Schlumpberger, Schuster TM, M. Timaná, P. Uotila & F. Zuloaga. The Global Caryophyllales Initiative: Towards an updated taxonomic backbone and a dynamic monograph of a major plant group. 2019. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3: e35357. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.3.35357
 
Schuster TM, Setaro SD, Tibbits JFG, Batty EL, Fowler RM, McLay TGB, Wilcox S, Ades PK, Bayly MJ. 2018. Chloroplast variation is incongruent with classification of the Australian bloodwood eucalypts (genus Corymbia, family Myrtaceae) PLoS ONE. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195034
 
Schuster TM, Gibbs MD, Bayly MJ. 2018. Annotated plastome of the temperate woody vine Muehlenbeckia australis (G.Forst.) Meisn. (Polygonaceae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources. 3(1): 399–400. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23802359.2018.1456979

Schuster TM, Stajsic V, Bonito GM. 2016. False Polygonaceae Smut: increasing knowledge about Sphacelotheca polygoni-serrulati Maire in Australia. Muelleria 34: 83–102. PDF:
https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/documents/MuelleriaVol_34_-_p83_Schuster.pdf
 
Schuster TM, Reveal JL, Bayly MJ, Kron KA. 2015. An updated molecular phylogeny of Polygonoideae (Polygonaceae): Relationships of Oxygonum, Pteroxygonum, and Rumex, and a new circumscription of Koenigia. Taxon 64 (6): 1188–1208. DOI: https://doi.org/10.12705/646.5

Judd W, Nickrent D, Robertson K, Abbott JR, Campbell C, Carlsward BS, Schuster TM, Neubig KM, Zona S, Donoghue M, Kellogg E. 2015. Photo Gallery of Vascular Plants (to accompany Plant Systematics, Fourth Edition). Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA. ISBN: 978-1-60535-574-0. https://pgvp.sinauer.com/

Schuster TM, Setaro SD, Kron KA. 2013. Age estimates for the buckwheat family Polygonaceae based on sequence data calibrated by fossils and with a focus on the amphi-Pacific Muehlenbeckia. PLoS ONE. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0061261
 
Schuster TM, Reveal JL, Kron KA. 2011. Phylogeny of Polygoneae (Polygonaceae: Polygonoideae). Taxon 60 (6): 1653–1666. DOI: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23210276
 
Schuster TM, Wilson KL, Kron KA. 2011. Phylogenetic relationships of Muehlenbeckia, Fallopia and Reynoutria investigated with chloroplast and nuclear data. International Journal of Plant Sciences 172 (8): 1053–1066. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/661293
 
Sanchez A, Schuster TM, Burke J, Kron KA. 2011. Taxonomy of Polygonoideae (Polygonaceae): A new tribal classification. Taxon 60 (1): 151–160. DOI: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41059829
 
Sanchez A, Schuster TM, Kron KA. 2009. A large scale phylogeny of Polygonaceae and its implications for taxonomic circumscriptions. International Journal of Plant Sciences 170 (8): 1044–1055. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/605121
 
Delprete PG, Schuster TM, Hiepko P. 2005. An annotated translation of Karl Schumann’s 1888 Über einige verkannte oder wenig gekannte Geschlechter der Rubiaceen Südamericas” [“about some misunderstood or little-known taxa of South American Rubiaceae”] with notes on the Rubiaceae type specimens kept at Berlin Herbarium. Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 126 (1): 3–69. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1127/0006-8152/2005/0126-0003
 
RESEARCH INTERESTS
 
  • Collections-based research.
  • Taxonomic work on diatoms, focussing on the Grunow collection (W) and cross-linking multiple institutions.
  • Evolution of angiosperms using molecular and morphological data for phylogeny reconstruction of Polygonaceae, Coriariaceae, Ericaceae, and Myrtaceae (Angophora and Corymbia).
  • Comparative genomics using High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) data.
  • Invasive Polygonaceae (Reynoutria [Fallopia], Koenigia [Aconogonon]).
  • Polygonaceae as host plants of fungi.
  • Southern Hemisphere biogeography.

Botany

Bräuchler Christian
Head of the Botany-Department
Fischer Philip
OSCA Open Scientific Collections Austria Projekt
Grimm Franz
preparator
Hille Astrid
employee / library
Hübner Thomas
„Catalogus Phanerogamarum“ project
Jell Valentin
„Catalogus Phanerogamarum“ project
Kiesel Megumi
Herbarium Assistance, Project Staff: Synthesys+ AT-TAF Administrator
Kuba Fabian
„Catalogus Phanerogamarum“ project
Rainer Heimo
vice-head of the department / staff scientist
Sonnleitner Michaela
project employee "ABOL"
Wallnöfer Bruno
Curator of Phanerogam/ head of collections of threedimensional objects (fruits and seets, wood samples, liquid collections)
Wurz Andrea
preparator
  
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