Before embarking on my scientific journey I learned the art of programming as a software developer at Bertelsmann and arvato Systems in Gütersloh, Germany. I then earned Diploma and PhD degrees working with Horst Malchow in the Systems Science Group at the University of Osnabrück, before joining Ivana Gudelj's Evolutionary Systems Biology group at the University of Exeter. I then spent two years as a lecturer with the Ecology and Ecosystem Modelling Group of Ursula Gaedke at the University of Potsdam, before arriving in the lakeside town of Plön.


since 04/2016
Staff Scientist
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
Department of Theoretical Biology
04/2014 - 03/2016
University of Potsdam, Germany
Research Group Ecology and Ecosystem Modelling
11/2011 - 03/2014
Associate Research Fellow
University of Exeter, UK
Research Group Evolutionary Systems Biology
04/2009 - 10/2011
Research and Teaching Assistant
University of Osnabrück, Germany
Institute of Environmental Systems Research
02/2003 - 03/2009
08/2000 - 01/2003
Software Developer
arvato Systems GmbH, Germany (part time)
Bertelsmann AG, Germany


Dr. rer. nat. (PhD)
University of Osnabrück, Germany
Diploma in Applied Systems Science
University of Osnabrück, Germany
Certified Software Developer (Fachinformatiker)
Bertelsmann AG, Germany