Susanne Renner, Dr rer nat

Honorary Professor

Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program

  • 314-935-6850

  • 314-465-5688

  • McDonnell Hall 403, Danforth Campus



  • Evolution, plant systematics, nomenclature, biogeography, plant/animal interactions, sexual systems, sex chromosomes

  • I am an evolutionary biologist and plant systematist. Of particular interest to me are plant/animal interactions, biogeography, and plant sexual systems

Research Abstract:

In recent years, I have worked mostly on plant phenology (related to historic and ongoing climate change), the evolution of plant sex chromosomes, and the origin and domestication of Cucurbitaceae crops. Other fields that I am continuing to work on are pollination ecology and biogeography. See 'susanne renner google scholar' for more info.

Mentorship and Commitment to Diversity Statement:
My mentoring experience comes mostly from having trained Latin American, European, and Chinese doctoral students and postdocs.

Selected Publications:

Zhang, W-P., L. Cao, X-R. Lin, Y-M. Ding, Y. Liang, D-Y. Zhang*, E-L. Pang*, S. S. Renner*, and W-N. Bai* (corresponding authors). 2022. Dead-end hybridization in walnut trees revealed by large-scale genomic sequence data. Molecular Biology and Evolution 39(1):

Renner, S. S., and C. M. Zohner. 2022. Trees growing in Eastern North America experience higher autumn solar irradiation than their European relatives, but is nitrogen limitation another factor explaining anthocyanin-red autumn leaves? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35(1): 183–188.

Janousek, B., Gogela, R., Bacovsky, V. and S. S. Renner. 2022. The evolution of huge Y chromosomes in Coccinia grandis and its sister, C. schimperi. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 377(1850):

Renner, S. S., and N. A. Müller. 2022. Sex determination and sex chromosome evolution in land plants. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 377(1850):

Pérez-Escobar, O. A., S. Tusso, N. A. S. Przelomska, S. Wu, P. Ryan, M. Nesbitt, M. V. Silber, M. Preick, Z. Fei, M. Hofreiter, G. Chomicki, and S. S. Renner. 2022. Genome sequencing of up to 6,000-yr-old Citrullus seeds reveals use of a bitter-fleshed species prior to watermelon domestication. Molecular Biology and Evolution 39(8),

Li, D-F., Han, W-L., S. S. Renner and S-Q. Huang. 2022. Touch-sensitive stamens enhance pollen dispersal by scaring away visitors. eLife

Last Updated: 11/7/2022 3:05:35 PM

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