I was born in Würzburg on February 23rd 1971 as the first son of a German father and a Swedish mother. I grew up bilingually
- From August 1 to September 11 1993, I worked on a research project at the Department of Animal Ecology of the University of Umeå, Sweden. Our topic was population ecology and environmental biology, more specifically, we traveled around in northern Sweden to study the “Effects of flow regulation, habitat area and isolation on the macroinvertebrate fauna of rapids in north Swedish rivers” (Regulated Rivers: Research & Management (1996), Vol. 12, 433-445).
- During the German winter-term 1993/94 I took two courses at the University of Umeå, Sweden. The first was called “Population Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology” and comprised statistics, quantitative genetics, behavioral ecology, life history strategies, game theory, and so forth. The second course was all about plant physiology: photosynthesis, respiration, water transport, plant hormones, winter adaptation, etc.
- From August 1 to September 15 1994 I worked at the field station of the University of Glasgow at Rowardennan in Scotland. I joined the Fish Behavior and Ecology group of the Division of Environmental and Evolutionary Biology in the Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, to study the behavioral ecology of juvenile atlantic salmon in an artificial stream tank.
- I also worked with Zebrafish (Danio rerio) at the Department of Zoology I and did molecular biology on the methylation status of the Xmrk onkogene in [i]Xiphophorus[/i] at the Department of Physiological Chemistry I, at the Biocenter Würzburg.
- From September 1995 to August 1996 I worked on my Diploma thesis (HTML/PDF).