Born on October 28, 1975 in Kiel. Studies of Geophysics and Physics in Kiel, Göteborg and Leipzig, doctorate 2005 at Kiel University. Postdoc at Harvard University, Massachusetts (2005 to 2007). Leader of a Emmy Noether Independent Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (2007 to 2010) and of a Research Group (2010 to 2014). Since April 2014 Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. Honorary Professor at Lübeck University since 2012.