Study of biology at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany.
Diploma thesis (Prof. Dr. H. Hemmer) on the “Biochemical systematics and taxonomy of European newts (genus Triturus)”
Research associate at MIGAL, Galilee Technological Institute, Kiryat Shmona, Israel (with Dr. G. Degani)
PhD thesis at the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz (Prof. Dr. A. Seitz) on “Genetic and morphological differentiation of salamander populations (Salamandra salamandra) on different geographical scales”
Postdoc at the Zoology Department of Mainz University
Field trips to the Pyrenees (3x), Turkey (4x), Sardinia (1x), Borneo (2x), Sumatra/Java (1x) and Kenya/Uganda (2x), South Africa (1x).
Research associate at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA (with Prof. Dr. A. Meyer)
Lecturer at the Zoology Department of Mainz University
Habilitation at Mainz University (Prof. Dr. A Seitz) on the “Genetic differentiation of arthropod populations in fragmented landscapes”
Hochschuldozent (German equivalent to ‘Assistant Professor’) for Ecology at the Zoology Department at Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany
- since 2000:
Hochschuldozent (C2) at the Zoology Department of Mainz University
Professor (apl) for Zoology at Mainz University
Chair (professor) for Animal Systematics and Zoogeography at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- since 2007:
Chair (professor, W3) for Biogeography at the Geography Department, Trier University, Germany