since 1993 Researcher, Lecturer & Professor, University of Zürich, CH
1991-1993 Postdoctoral Fellow, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, CAN
1986-1990 PhD in Evolutionary Ecology, State University of New York at Albany, USA
1982-1984 Exchange Graduate Student, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
1979-1986 Diploma Studies (MSc) in Biology, University of Tübingen, D
I am an evolutionary ecologist. This biological discipline integrates research questions and methods of evolutionary biology, ecology, population biology, behavior, population & quantitative genetics/genomics, phylogenetics, taxonomy, functional morphology & physiology. With this approach we attempt to achieve a thorough understanding of the organismic evolution of particular suitable model organisms. Hypotheses are generally grounded in theory and tested experimentally in the field or the laboratory. This may include modeling to generate predictions. As I am concept oriented, I can work with a variety of methods and organisms, and I am generally interested in inter-disciplinary exchange and collaboration. In the past I have worked with primates, birds and fish, but primarily insects. Currently, my research group mainly studies the most common and economically important yellow dung fly Scathophaga stercoraria and various black scavenger flies of the genus Sepsis and their close relatives, as well as the dung community as a whole. My main interests lie in the fields of body size and life history evolution, thermal adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, behavioral & community ecology. I generally attempt to integrate my research with my teaching by involving students at the PhD, MSc, BSc and course levels in these projects.