1986-1992. Study of Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität,
Freiburg (Germany), including one year as a visiting graduate
student at the University of Washington, Seattle (Fulbright scholar)
(1989-1990) and six months as a research assistant of Dr. Richard
Strathmann at the Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories (USA) (1992).
Diplom thesis: "Recruitment of Balanus glandula into empty adult
barnacle tests and its ecological implications at the San Juan
Islands, WA" (advisor: Dr. K. Peschke, external advisor: Dr. Richard
1993-1997. Doctoral student at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) with support
of DAAD and DFG. Field work on mangrove and land-dwelling crabs
in the Caribbean, mainly Jamaica and Panama; laboratory work at
the Institute of Molecular Evolutionary Genetics of the Pennsylvania
State University (USA) with Dr. Blair Hedges. Ph.D. thesis: "Ecophysiology,
morphology, and molecular phylogeny of the American Sesarma (Brachyura:
Grapsidae), with emphasis on the Jamaican endemic species" (advisor:
Dr. R. Diesel, external advisor: Dr. S. Blair Hedges).
1997-1999. Post-doc at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (USA). Research
associate at the Laboratory of Crustacean Research under Dr. Darryl
Felder, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Field of investigation:
cryptic endemism among decapod Crustacea of the Gulf of Mexico.
Field studies in Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Yucatán
and Gulf of California (USA and Mexico). Return for continuing
studies from August to November 2000.
1999-2000. Post-doc at the National University of Singapore. Research fellowship
under Dr. Peter K. L. Ng and in association with the Raffles Museum.
Field work in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
Assessment of marine coastal and freshwater crustaceans of Southeast
Asia with description of several new species and genera. Collection
of material to be used for molecular phylogenetics and description
of terrestrial radiations within tropical Brachyura.
Since 2000. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Zoology, University of Regensburg (Lehrstuhl Biologie I, Prof. Jürgen Heinze). Field work in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Southeast Asia. Molecular phylogeny of Thoracotremata (Grapsoidea, Ocypodoidea, Pinnotheroidea ...), Xanthoidea, Portunoidea and freshwater Decapoda; radiations of non-marine crustaceans in tropical habitats (DFG Schu 1460/3, Schu 1460/6); endemism in the Mediterranean Sea and Gulf of Mexico; crustacean radiations on the Antarctic Shelf (ANR, DFG Schu 1460/8). DAAD exchange projects with Spain, Italy,Bulgaria, Brazil, Chile, and Hongkong. Advisor of Ph.D. students (finished: Silke Reuschel, Sebastian Klaus, Tobias Santl; current: Peter Koller, Nicole Rivera, Alireza Keikhosravi, Nicolas Thiercelin, Shobhit Agrawal, Temim Deli), Diplom, Master and Bachelor students.