Jun 2018 – Current: Head of research group “Evolution and Adaptation“, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany. Currently working 75%.
Jun 2016 – May 2018: Postdoc at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam (Funded by NWO grant to Daniel Kissling), The Netherlands.
Aug 2015-May 2016: Postdoc at Université Paris-Sud, Lab. Écologie, Systématique, Évolution (ESE), France (Funded by a personal grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation). For a 1 minute summary of this research, watch this video.
Mar 2011-Jun 2015: PhD (with distinction) in Evolutionary Biology at the Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland, supervised by Prof. H. Peter Linder. Thesis on the role of plant functional traits in Cenozoic angiosperm radiations.
Sep 2008-Feb 2011: MSc Biology (with distinction), specialization Ecology, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Master thesis at the Biosystematics Group supervised by Dr. Freek T. Bakker and Dr. Robin van Velzen. Thesis on the evolution of Rinorea (Violaceae) as host plant for Cymothoe (Nymphalidae): new insights from extended sampling of Ghanaian populations, and development of a new nuclear phylogenetic marker.
Sep 2004-Jan 2008: BSc Biology, specialization Ecology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Maternity / parental leave (2017-2021), 2 children 2017, 2020 – total of 15 months