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Susanne Lachmuth

Assistant Research Scientist
Susanne Lachmuth
Assistant Research Scientist
Appalachian Laboratory


Dr. Lachmuth is an evolutionary ecologist with a research focus on ecological processes and rapid evolution in natural populations of declining and invasive plants under anthropogenic environmental change. She implements research across the multiple scales from genetic variation to population and range dynamics and applies a variety of methods including population genetics, field surveys, common-garden and lab experiments as well as ecological modelling. In her position at UMCES she investigated local adaptation and range dynamics of red spruce (Picea rubens) under past, current and future climates in order to facilitate forest management under global change. More recently, she started exploring climate adaptation, climate change risks and potential for evolutionary rescue in a poplar hybrid complex.

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Change Biogeography
  • Plant Population Ecology
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Population Genetics
  • Hybridization in Plants
  • Invasion biology


  • University of Potsdam, Germany, 2012, Ph.D., Plant Ecology
  • University of Potsdam, Germany, 2004, M.S., Ecology and Nature Conservation
  • University of Technology Munich (TUM), Germany, 2001, B.S., Biology