Welcome to my website. Because I was born in Germany, most of this website is designed in German. But I am trying to make this site as accessible as possible for English speakers. Please feel free to contact me if you want to know more. A downloadable CV is available here.
As an entomologist people often ask me for news: “So what’s up with the bumble bees?” “Will honey bees go extinct?” I usually don’t answer but ask instead if they have seen any bees in their back yard and what they think about that. The scientific method is not some obscure thing reserved for scientists. Curiosity and interpretations of our observations belong to everyone. We all explore, question and find answers, which are only good enough until we find better ones. This is what I do as a scientist.
But the answers I find do much more – they inspire and encourage me. I am an enthusiastic photographer and illustrator. I used to think that science and art were mutually exclusive, but I learned that every artist is also an explorer who improves with each experiment. And I have yet to meet a scientist who did not find his work was a bit of art. If you observe an insect, say, a bumble bee, flying clumsily yet gracefully from clover to clover – it’s almost like the whole dance was perfectly choreographed, it’s as if the bee’s anatomy was meant to do this. The wonderful thing is that this is just nature. Evolution is such an impressive mechanism.
As a scientist I also see myself as a storyteller, and an essential part of who I am is talking about and presenting the things I do. I do this using words, pictures and photographs. A glimpse of this can be found on this website. Thank you for stopping by. And do check out my CV