Susanne Renner

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Susanne Sabine Renner (born 5 October 1954, in Berlin) is a German botanist. She is professor of biology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as well as director of the Botanische Staatssammlung München and the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg. She is married to American ornithologist and ecologist Robert Ricklefs.[1]


She received her degree in Biology in 1980 and her Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1984, both from the University of Hamburg. She qualified as Professor in Systematic Botany in 1992.


From 1987 to 1992 Susanne Renner was Associate Professor at the Botanical Institute at the University of Aarhus. From 1993 to 1996 she was Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. From 1996 to 2006 she was Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, affiliated with one of the largest botanical gardens worldwide, the Missouri Botanical Garden. Since 2003 she is Professor for Systematic Botany at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as well as director of the Botanische Staatssammlung München, the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg and the University Herbarium (MSB). Her research interests focus on the phylogenetics, mating system evolution and biogeography of flowering plants, in both temperate and tropical regions.


Renner is a member of several notable science academies. In 2005 she was elected as a foreign member to The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Since 2009 she is an elected member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Germany. Since 2018 she is also member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



  1. ^ Jennifer Viegas (2012), "Profile of Robert E. Ricklefs", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (in German), doi:10.1073/pnas.1213178109
  2. ^ IPNI.  S.S.Renner.

External links[edit]

Susanne Renner's member page at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.