Prof. Dr. Walter G. Berendsohn

+49 30 838 50143
+49 30 838-4 50143
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
Curriculum vitae 
  • Studies of Biology at the University of Hamburg, University of the West Indies (Mona) and the Freie Universität Berlin, in 1985 diploma in Biology (thesis on "Physiological, Morphological and Yield Characteristics of the Winged Bean, Psophocarpus tetragonolobus). 1983 to 1986 consultant, 1987 to 1990 research director of the Jardín Botánico La Laguna in El Salvador, C.A.  1990 doctorate from the FU Berlin ("The arboreal vegetation of the Laderas de La Laguna, a neotropical forest fragment in El Salvador - A computer aided study"). 1990 Curator; 1991 Senior Curator at the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Head, Electronic Data Processing and Documentation; 1998 Head, Dept. of Biodiversity Informatics and Laboratories, 2000 Director and Professor; 2012 Head, Dept. of Research and Biodiversity Informatics; 2022 Head, Dept. Biodiversity and Evolution. 1 Jan 2023 retired, joined project staff of TETTRIs project.
Research interests 
  • Biodiversity Informatics, particularly information modelling, networking, taxon concepts, and biological collections
  • Flora and vegetation of El Salvador, Central America (particularly dendroflora)
  • Workflows in integrative taxonomy
Current involvement in collaborative projects 
  • Caryophyllales Network
  • Dendroflora of El Salvador 
  • EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy
  • Euro+Med PlantBase
  • Flora of Cuba
  • World Flora Online
  • eFloraMex
Memberships in scientific societies 
International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT)
Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS)